Tinubu Approves Upgrading of Ibadan Airport to International Status

In a significant move set to bolster the economic and infrastructural landscape of Oyo State, President Bola Tinubu has approved the upgrade of Ibadan Airport to international status. 

This announcement was made by Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde during an interview on Thursday, June 26.

The upgrade of Ibadan Airport has been a long-standing request from the state government and local stakeholders. Governor Makinde expressed his gratitude for the approval, highlighting the numerous benefits that the airport’s international status will bring to the region. 

“The President has graciously approved my request for our airport to be upgraded,” Makinde said, underscoring the positive impact this development will have on the state’s economy and connectivity.

The transformation of Ibadan Airport into an international hub is expected to open new doors for trade, tourism, and investment in Oyo State. With enhanced facilities and the ability to accommodate international flights, the airport will serve as a critical gateway, attracting business travelers and tourists alike. This move is anticipated to create job opportunities, stimulate local businesses, and contribute significantly to the state’s GDP.

The upgrade will include modernizing the airport’s infrastructure to meet international standards. This will involve expanding the runway, upgrading terminal facilities, and enhancing security measures. The improved infrastructure will not only facilitate international travel but also ensure a smoother, more efficient experience for domestic travelers.

Ibadan, known for its rich cultural heritage and historical landmarks, will likely see a surge in tourism with the airport’s new status. Attractions such as the University of Ibadan, the Agodi Gardens, and the Cocoa House will become more accessible to international tourists, promoting cultural exchange and increasing tourism revenue.

The upgraded airport will improve connectivity between Oyo State and other parts of the world. This will make it easier for businesses to operate on a global scale, fostering international partnerships and collaborations. Additionally, it will provide residents with more travel options, reducing the need to travel to Lagos or Abuja for international flights.


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