The ceremony marking the landing of the airline, Boeing 757 cargo plane was witnessed by Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, other top dignitaries and a large crowd.
The governor who addressed the crowd, described the event as historic as it will increase the profile of the airport, boost the economy of the state and also the entire South Eastern zone.
He said the occasion was notable as the day marked exactly three years on August 24, 2013 when the first ever international flight to Enugu operated by the Ethiopian Airlines landed in the state.
Ugwuanyi said the historic event was in line with the objectives of the first ever Enugu State Investment Summit held in April where he had declared that Enugu State was “ready for business.”
“Today we have gathered again to celebrate the first landing of cargo at this same airport, and which once more has happened courtesy of the Ethiopian Airlines,” he said.
“Pointing out that the development meant that people from the region could fly to all parts of the world and have their bulk cargo delivered to them through the same airport since.
“It will save costs, enhance convenience and safety in importation of goods,” apart from promoting employment and raising the international profile of the airport and the entire region.”
The governor urged investors and the business community to take full advantage of the new opportunity to expand their businesses and develop the south eastern region, while he commended the Federal Government and the Ethiopian Airline operators for achieving the age-long dream of the region.
He also reassured “the company of the unremitting goodwill of our people and of our continued support, partnership and cooperation.”
The Traffic and Sales Manager of the airline, Mr. Biniam Addisu, who also spoke on the occasion, said: “We expect to get from the Federal Government the kind of support we have been getting from the Enugu State government.
“We are comfortable with the aviation equipment installed here, and hopefully in a few months’ time the international terminal will become fully operational for things to get better.”