FAAN formally announces Abuja airport closure


The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has announced that with effect from the midnight of March 7, the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA) Abuja would be temporarily shut down.

The Managing Director of FAAN, Engr. Saleh Dunoma explained that the Federal Government had sanctioned the temporary closure.

Dunoma in a statement by the acting General Manager, Public Affairs of FAAN, Mrs. Henrietta Yakubu said the closure was “to enable the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria carry out a major rehabilitation of the runway at the airport”.

According to him, the closure would be for a period of six weeks, after which the airport will be re-opened to operations again.

He stated further that due to the temporary closure, Kaduna International Airport will serve as the alternate from 8th March, till the completion of the rehabilitation.

Normal operations will re-commence at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja on the 19thApril, 2017.

Noting that the Authority has put in place necessary facilities that will ensure the safety and security of all airport users and seamless facilitation at the Kaduna International Airport, he appealed to all stakeholders to bear with the Authority as “we continue to upgrade our facilities in compliance with NCAA and ICAO Annexes, which bothers on security and safety at the airports”.

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