Abuja airport re-opens earlier than schedule – Minister

Posted: April 19, 2017 in general

Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja

Normal aviation services, including flights, resumed at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, Tuesday, as the Minister of State for Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, reopened the facilities a day earlier than schedule.

The airport was reopened after successful completion of its runway rehabilitation.

Sirika, while addressing newsmen in Abuja, said he decided to reopen the airport since the runway rehabilitation had been completed on schedule.

He added that even though the reopening date was supposed to be Wednesday, it was not bad to reopen a day earlier.

The minister commended Nigerians and air travelers for their resilience during the six weeks closure of the airport.

According to him, April 19 is the due date ”for us to conclude and open the airport based on our programme of work; we are able to deliver the project earlier than anticipated, so we can open it”.

“Here we are today; we set out to achieve that target and we achieved it.

“We thank Allah for His guidance and we are happy and thank his Excellency for his support.

”I also wish to thank all my colleagues who did it all and the media and the Nigerian people for standing by us,” he said.

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 flight operations.


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