A Day To Deadline, Asaba Airport Runway Still Under Repairs
It has been six weeks since the International Airport in Asaba, the capital of Delta State, was shutdown to air traffic due to some repair works.
The time set for the repair works on the runway and the taxi way was six weeks and that time elapsed on Monday May 14.
Shutdown on April 9, the airport was supposed to resume air travel service on May 15, but as at Monday evening, there were no plans for the reopening of the airport on Tuesday.
The nation's regulatory agency, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority had raised safety concerns about the state of the runway months ago.
After a statement by the agency on the issue, the Delta State Director of Information, Mr Paul Osahor, announced the closure of the airport for the rehabilitation work on the middle section of the runway.
When Bounce News spoke with some sources at the airport on Monday, it was uncertain whether operations will resume on Tuesday.
The source said rehabilitation works are still ongoing.
The airport that is barely five years have experienced huge deterioration in the last few years despite the low traffic to the airport, casting aspersion to the standard of the work done at the airport at the initial stage.
Before the commencement of the repair works, the Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, in March ordered the demolition of illegal structures around the airport and said that the airport would commence full operation in July.