The Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, NAIA Abuja, has officially reopened for traffic after a closure for repairs on the runaway scheduled to last for six weeks.
A test flight from the Kaduna international airport landed in the Abuja facility at about11:05am on Wednesday.
The minister of state for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, was on board the plane. He expressed delight that the facility got ready before the deadline
“Runway friction test, the final activity, concluded. Just landed on the runway, everything is perfect. We beat the deadline. We thank you.
“Abuja runway 100% completed and certified by Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority. Consequently the airport is open for operations. Thank u,” Sirika
Meanwhile, the first international flight, an Ethiopian Airline A350, brand new airbus landed on the runway at exactly 12:07pm.
It would be recalled that Ethiopian Airlines was the only foreign airline that made use of the Kaduna airport during the period that flights were diverted from Abuja.
As the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, NAIA Abuja, reopened after a six-week closure, President Muhammadu Buhari has thanked Ethiopian Airlines for cooperating with the Nigerian Government during the period of the closure of Abuja airport.
In a statement issued on Tuesday by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the President described the cooperation shown by the airline as a good example of intra-African cooperation.
THEWILL reports that Ethiopian Airlines was the only foreign airline that made use of the Kaduna airport during the period that flights were diverted from Abuja.
As the Abuja airport was reopened, an Ethiopian Airline A350 brand new airbus was the first international flight to land on the runway at exactly 12:07 pm.
Buhari commended the efforts of the Ministries of Transport, Power, Works and Housing, the security agencies, Kaduna State Government, the contractor, Julius Berger, and others, on the successful completion of work on the runway and re-opening of 24 hours ahead of the time limit.
“The President said that he looked forward to such display of inter-agency cooperation