Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, will be closed for six weeks from 8 March for repairs, the Federal Ministry of Transportation has said.
The announcement of the new date, which was previously fixed for February 2017, was after a meeting on Tuesday between Minister of State (Aviation) Hadi Sirika and stakeholders in the aviation sector.
No reason was given for the date change.
The Federal Ministry of Transportation spokesman, Mr James Odaudu, said the meeting enabled the minister to brief the stakeholders on efforts to ensure that the use of Kaduna airport during the repair works is “seamless and hitch-free”.
According to the plan, flights to Abuja airport will be diverted to Kaduna airport, about 160 kilometres to Abuja, and passengers will travel in bus shuttles, guarded by security provided by the government.
The stretch of road from Kaduna airport to Abuja is riddled with potholes and the road has its own stories of insecurity as kidnappings have taken place in the last few years.
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