The Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport scheduled to be reopened tomorrow, the nineteenth of April has officially reopened today after being certified by Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority as ready for operation.
Speaking with reporters at the Abuja airport, the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirka expressed delight that the facility got ready before the deadline. He commended Nigerians and air travellers for their resilience during the six weeks closure of the airport.
Meanwhile, the Ethiopian Airlines’ flight is the first to land at the airport today. A passenger, who flew in from New Delhi, Mr Amlan Talukdar, told newsmen that he was happy that he did not have to travel by road from Kaduna to Abuja. He commended the Federal Government for its commitment towards transforming aviation sector.
The Abuja airport was shut for six weeks to enable Julius Berger to repair its failed runway while Abuja-bound air traffic was diverted to Kaduna during the period. By the successful landing of the Ethiopian aircraft on Tuesday, the airport has officially been opened for local and international flight operations.