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While businesses remained crippled in Abuja and travelers groaned because of the closure of the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport, Kaduna people considered it a blessing.  

The Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir el-Rufai, on Tuesday stated that the closure of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, opened up opportunities for the Kaduna International Airport, which he said had gained a global status.

He noted that no single incident of concern was recorded at the KIA during the six-week period that the airport served as an alternative to the Abuja airport despite the enormous flight activities that it recorded.

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The Federal Government had on March 8, 2017, shut the Abuja airport for six weeks to repair its 3.6-kilometre runway and consequently diverted flight activities to the Kaduna International Airport.

El-Rufai, who spoke at an event on the inaugural flight of Ethiopian Airlines to the Kaduna airport, also called on citizens in the North-West area to shun other international carriers, stressing that the foreign airlines abandoned Kaduna State when it needed them to develop its aviation potential.

“I want to thank the Federal Government of Nigeria, because the decision to close the Abuja airport for repairs was what enabled us to see the opportunities that Kaduna provides.

“For the six weeks that we had flight operations here, we recorded over 45 flights a day and there was not a single incident of concern,” the governor stated.

He said the state government had resolved that none of its employees would travel with any international carrier other than Ethiopian Airlines.