Airline operators, passengers and other stakeholders on Monday hailed the timely completion of repair works of the Nnamdli Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA), Abuja and the planned reopening of the airport.
Airline operators announced resumption of flight operations in and out of Abuja on April 19 when the airport would reopen.
It would be recalled that the second busiest airport had been closed down for six weeks beginning from March 8 while the Abuja-bound traffic was diverted to Kaduna International Airport.
The Federal Government had promised that the airport would reopen on Wednesday even as the Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika put his job on the line, promising to throw in the towel of the rehabilitation of the runway was not completed in six weeks.
The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) Managing Director, Engr. Saleh Dunoma had said the repair work had completed while the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) had inspected it and certified the airport.
Airlines however commended the Federal Government for fulfilling their promise to reopen the airport on Wednesday, saying they would resume flights in and out of the airport.
An operator said, "We are happy that the federal government kept to its promise and in due course, we will also resume Abuja flights".
It was learnt that the closure of the airport led to reduction in passenger movement due to what some people called the inconvenience of going to Kaduna. Checks at the domestic wing of the airport showed that the Airport was not that busy despite the Easter holiday. "
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