As the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, runway is ready for operation and can be opened on Wednesday, the difference seems clear after comparing the new with the old.
The Director-General, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Mr Usman MuktarMuktar had on Monday in Abuja during inspection of the extent of work the airport’s runway declared that the repair works were completed.
The Abuja airport was closed on March 8 for six weeks to enable rehabilitation of its 3.6 kilometres runway to be carried out. Flight activities were consequently diverted to Kaduna International Airport during the period.
“We have 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.
“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,” he declared.
“Notice to Airmen (NOTAM)’’ has been issued to all aviators worldwide that the airport was ready for reopening on Wednesday as scheduled.
Earlier, the Managing Director, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Mr Saleh Dunoma, had said that the runway was fully ready for reopening, adding that it had been completely cleaned up.
“Any moment from now, if there is any aircraft, we are ready to receive that aircraft, but of course, in aviation there are procedures because NOTAM has to be issued and the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) will do that and then we are ready,” he said.