Nigeria reopens Abuja airport 24 hours to deadline
Nigerian government has announced that it is reopening the shut Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, shut down about six weeks ago on Tuesday.
The spokeswoman oft FAAN, Mrs Henrietta Yakima the reopening a day earlier than proposed 19 April 2017 is as a result of accelerated work done on the runway, which went bad a couple of years ago leading to the airport closure.
She was however silent on how soon all flights diverted to nearby Kaduna Airport would be re-routed to the renovated international airport.
Yakubu said:”The rehabilitation of the runway was completed 24 hours ahead of schedule, with the technical test flight meeting approval standard, other regular flights would resume on Wednesday.”
It would be recalled that at the closure of Abuja airport, Ethiopian Airlines was the foreign airline that agreed to use Kaduna airport as alternative.
Passengers who landed there were transported to the capital on guarded buses along a road where kidnappings have taken place in recent years. The six weeks of transfers passed without incident.