Airlines are resuming flights today into Abuja, following the completion of the runway of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in the city.
This followed the certification of the runway of the airport on Monday by the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) which declared it as safe and ready.
The authority’s director general, Captain Mukhtar Usman, who okayed the airport after the final inspection of the runway, told newsmen that the aviation world had been notified that the airport is ready.
“Well as you can see, we have just done the final inspection of the runway rehabilitation and reconstruction of Abuja International Airport. It is done and it is quite satisfactory. We inspected yesterday and we made some observations but the findings that we found were not safety critical and today we found that they have been rectified.
“So, the airport, the runway is very ready to accept flight operations safely. By this we are declaring that the airport and its runway are quite operational at the time that has been determined as the official opening of this airport,” Capt. Muktar declared.
He added that the NCAA has “carried out the inspection and we have confirmed that the job has been done quite satisfactorily in line with the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Standard and recommended practices.”
The airport was shut down to allow for the repairs of its runway, while flights coming into Abuja were diverted to Kaduna International Airport, which was upgraded to cope with the envisaged air traffic.