Buhari Commends Fashola, Amaechi Over Re-opening Of Abuja Airport

"The rehabilitation of the runway was completed 24 hours ahead of schedule", Yakubu said, adding that other airlines' flights would resume on Wednesday.

Addressing journalists at the Abuja airport, the minister of states for aviation, Hadi Sirika expressed satisfaction that the facility was ready before the deadline of Wednesday, April 19.

Ethiopia airlines plane is also expected later in the day, Naija247news gathered.

President Muhammadu Buhari has commended the Ministries of Transport, Power, Works and Housing and the security agencies over the successful completion of work on the runway and re-opening of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

An Ethiopian Airlines Airbus A350-900 test flight from Kaduna global airport landed in Abuja on Tuesday April 18 morning.

It commended travellers for keeping faith with it and by making a huge sacrifice to ensure that the fix of the bad portions of the runway of the airport was done.

Flights were diverted to the Kaduna International Airport during the period.

The Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja is now open for operations and has been certified to accommodate international and local flights.

Nigeria's airport in the capital, Abuja, has reopened six weeks after it was closed for urgent repairs.

"We will be ready April 17 but we are leaving the remaining two days for Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA)".

Sirika, while addressing newsmen in Abuja, said he made a decision to reopen the airport since the runway rehabilitation had been completed on schedule.

According to him, calibrations are normally scheduled and very soon this airport will also be calibrated along with others.

"At Air Peace, the safety of our esteemed guests is our first rule of business".

"Kaduna has a lot of potential, hence, we chose to maintain daily presence there", it said.

  • Joanne Flowers