By Teddy Nwanunobi
Abuja (Sundiata Post) — Only the Ethiopian Airlines has agreed to use the Kaduna International Airport as an alternative route, as the Federal Government, on Monday, officially announced the closure of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, the Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, said.
This is even as the Federal Government has formally announced the closure of the Abuja International Airport, beginning from 12 a.m. Wednesday.
Nnamdi Azikiwe Int’l Airport
Sirika, who spoke to journalists in Abuja, disclosed that the observations made by the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, who was in Kaduna Airport on Friday, had been “taken care of”.
The announcement to close the Abuja Airport was made by the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, during a world press conference in Abuja.
Also speaking at the conference, the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, said the government has kept its promise to make Kaduna Airport ready for use as alternative.
The Abuja Airport will be close for six weeks.
This is to allow for a comprehensive maintenance of the airport runway.
The decision to close the only airport in the federal capital has been criticised by aviation experts, and several international airlines warned they will not operate the Kaduna route.
Mohammed said that the government has set up a website: www.abujaairportclosure.info, through which information will be shared with Nigerians.