The federal government seems reluctant to close Abuja airport for the repairs it needs.

After telling a world press conference yesterday that the airport will be closed from midnight Monday, it has now changed its mind, saying it will be by the end of Wednesday.

"The closure is Wednesday rather than Tuesday," said ministry spokesman James Odaudu, after confusion over when the shutdown would start.

The closure will last until six weeks when rehabilitation works is expected to be concluded.

Minister of Information and Culture, Mr. Lai Mohammed had told journalists yesterday while announcing the airport's closure that all was now set for flight operations at the newly rehabilitated Kaduna airport.

Mr. Mohammed said: "During that time, Abuja flights will be diverted to Kaduna.  On Friday, the Acting President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, inspected the Kaduna airport and the railway station to ascertain the state of readiness

“The summary of the finding is that while the airport may not be 100 per cent ready, by the time Abuja airport is shut, it will, indeed, be suitable enough.

“You are also aware that repair work has been completed on Kaduna-Abuja road to ensure a smooth passage for Abuja bound passengers who land at Kaduna airport.”

Meanwhile, all the international airlines except Ethiopia airways have refused to fly from the Kaduna airport. They have instead suspended all flight operations from Abuja.