10 Things You Should Know About Abuja Airport Closure
The Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport is set to close for six weeks for repairs on the runway.
The runway has become so damaged that international carriers were pulling their services or warning they may soon have to.
Read some of the things you need to know about the closure of the airport
- Air traffic to Abuja are to be diverted to the Kaduna Airport.
- Passengers travelling to Abuja will have to fly to Kaduna and travel in bus shuttles to Abuja
- Kaduna Airport is about 243.5kilometrs from the Abuja Airport and about three hours by road.
- The federal government has just completed rehabilitation works on the Abuja- Kaduna express road. The rehabilitation was meant to avoid a scenario where the failed portions and potholes would create black spots that might result in avoidable accidents, kidnapping, robbery, elongated travel time and high vehicle operating costs.
- The aviation minister, Senator Hadi Sirika, has inaugurated a security sub-committee aimed at keeping passengers safe in transit between Kaduna and Abuja.
- German construction giant, Julius Berger, will carry out repairs on Abuja’s damaged runway.
- The Abuja airport runway has been in use since 34 years. The runway designed in 1982 was expected to last for 20 years. The lifespan has been exceeded by 14 years without adequate maintenance.
- Normal operations at the Abuja Airport would re-commence at the Airport on April 19.
- The temporary closure of the airport, the country’s second busiest after the commercial capital Lagos, will have a negative impact on Africa’s biggest economy, which fell into recession in 2016 for the first time in 25 years.
- All international airlines except Ethiopian Airlines have temporarily cancelled flights and said that they will not fly to Kaduna, apparently fearing for their passengers' safety. Airlines including British Airways, Air France and Delta will continue to fly to Nigeria's economic hub of Lagos