The Federal Govement of Nigeria has officially closed the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja (ABV) for a due comprehensive repair works. This move will see the airport closed for a minimum of six weeks, from 8th March – 19th April 2017, for repairs on its faulty runway.
The announcement was made by the Minster of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, in Abuja during a press briefing organised by the ministry. The news conference also had the Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi; Minister of State, Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika and the IGP, Mr Ibrahi Idris. The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola was also represented.
AVIATION REFORMS: The Nnamdi Azikiwe Int'l Airport Abuja will be closed today for 6-weeks. pic.twitter.com/09fBIbE09j
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All Abuja-bound flights (domestic and international) will be diverted to the Kaduna Airport (KAD), about 200km to the north. The road between Kaduna and Abuja has been improved, with security and medical personnel stationed. Government will also arrange free shuttle bus and train rides for arrivals.
The Nnamdi Azikiwe International is the second busiest airport in Nigeria, after the Muritala Muhammed International Airport and the decision to close the only airport in the FCT has been met with criticism from aviation experts.
Only one foreign airline – Ethiopian Airlines, has agreed to use the Kaduna Airport as an alternative to the Abuja Airport. Citing security and infastructure concerns, most international airlines – including Luthfansa, British Airways and Turkish Airlines – have declined to use the option.
FG advises passengers to visit www.abujaairportclosure.info for updated information on the operations at Kaduna during the period.