The Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport will be open for traffic from Tuesday, April 18, 2017.

Ethiopian Airlines says it will land a brand-new Airbus A350-900 to mark the official re-opening of the airport on Wednesday.

The Airline’s Traffic and Sales Manager, Firiehiwot Mekonnen, made this known to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Abuja.

Mekonnen said the aircraft would land in Abuja on its first day of operation from Addis Ababa and that it would remain on the Abuja route.

The airline launched its first A350-900 Airbus on the London Heathrow route August last year. It has three of the plane in its fleet and awaits the delivery of nine more before 2019.

She said the decision to celebrate the inaugural flight to Abuja shows the airline’s commitment to the Nigerian market.

According to the manager, the 313-passenger capacity aircraft is expected to land at 11.15 am to be the first aircraft to land at the newly rehabilitated Abuja runway.

“The Ethiopian’s brand new Airbus A350-900 is landing in Abuja airport today (Tuesday) as the first aircraft to land on the newly rehabilitated runway and first airbus to land in Abuja.

“From now on, we are going to operate Airbus on Abuja route,’’ she said.