Antigua and Barbuda: The inaugural Antigua Airways flight from Lagos, Nigeria, to Antigua touched down at the V.C.Bird International Airport on November 1.
It was a historical day as the twin-island country of Antigua and Barbuda marked 41 years of Self-reliance and commemorated the arrival of a direct airlift from the African continent.
Inviting the flight and the over 100 guests on board with a ribbon-cutting was Minister of Tourist and Financial Investment, Charles Fernandez, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Migration and Trade, E. P. Chet Greene, CEO of the Antigua and Barbuda Tourist Authority Colin C. James, CEO of the Airport Authority Euletta Francis, Antigua and Barbuda’s Ambassador to the African Union Johann Hesse, Antigua Airways Handling Director Opeyemi Olorunfemi, Antigua Airways main Marvelous Akinola and Sampson Emmanuel, President of the Nigeria Antigua Barbuda Chamber of Commerce.
This was followed by a welcome event in the VIP Lounge of the airport.
In cooperation with the federal government and Nigeria-based printing company, Marvelous Mike Press Limited, the flight was set up to touch down at the VC Bird International Airport on November 1, Antigua and Barbuda’s Self-reliance.
On the eve of the 41st Self-reliance Day of Antigua and Barbuda, Prime Minister Gaston Browne released a declaration and mentioned, “Everybody’s experience, especially in the travails of the last 2 years, demonstrates how the nation can make it through the best hazards, with attempted and industrious hands.
” Let us devote ourselves together to a renewal of the spirit of unity of our one country, remembering with decision that when each endeavour with supporting works, all can accomplish. With our typical faith we can not– and will not– stop working. Delighted Self-reliance anniversary. May God continue to bless you, and to bless our precious Antigua and Barbuda, “stated the Prime Minister Gaston Browne