Abuja Airport resumes operations after 30-hour closure

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ABUJA –  The Nnmadi Azikiwe International Abuja on Monday resumed normal operation after a 30-hour closure of its runway in the second and last phase of its maintenance work.

Mrs Henrietta Yakubu,  the  Deputy Manager, Corporate Communications Department of the Federal Airports Authority of (), stated this in an interview with the News Agency of (NAN).

Yakubu said the runway was officially opened for operations at 6 a.m.

She said all domestic and international flights had resumed operations as scheduled for landing and - at the .

“Lufthansa Airline and British Airways have landed and taken this morning (Monday) after the maintenance work.

“The is busy now; all the terminals are full, especially the domestic section where we have the Arik and Dana booking areas.

She said the essence of the maintenance work at the runway was ensure .


“This is the last phase of the maintenance work at the runway, the Abuja airport will remain open operations,’’ Yakubu said.

NAN reports human and vehicular into the airport was heavy, with picking and dropping travellers.

Mr Niyi Adedayo, a businessman, told NAN that the closure of the airport affected turnover of his business.

“Because of the closure could not meet an appointment scheduled for 9 a.m. on Monday because my flight was rescheduled.

got the information on the plan close the airport three days the closure and my appointment had already been booked two weeks earlier.

“In future, decisions like this should be given at least a month’s publicity and notification to enable intending reschedule their programmes,’’ Adebayo said.

Mrs Joyce Okafor, another traveller, told NAN that the maintenance work was a welcomed development and should be encouraged.

“It has been stressful for me because am with my three children, and need to travel to Lagos for holiday.

“The airport hall is full to capacity and one cannot even move freely to make inquiries about the airlines.

“Even though the closure of the airport affected me, the maintenance work on the runway is to ensure so I don’t have a problem with that,’’ Okofor said. (NAN)