After six weeks of closure Nnamdi Azikiwe International airport in Abuja received its first airplane landing Tuesday morning as Nigeria’s Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, made the first plane touch down to officialize the opening.
The airport was closed for repairs which have been declared completed and the runway set for reopening to airlines on Wednesday, April 19.
This comes after the The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) certified the rehabilitated Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja safe and ready for commercial flight operations on Monday.
“So, the airport, the runway is very ready to accept flight operations safely. By this we are declaring that the airport and its runway are quite operational at the time that has been determined as the official opening of this airport,” NCAA’s Director General, Capt. Muktar Usman.
Flights were diverted to the Kaduna International Airport in Kaduna during the period.