ABN - Nigeria reopened the capital’s airport in Abuja following a six-week closure, in which time vital repairs were made to the runway.
Having completed renovations to the dilapidated runway, Abuja Airport was officially reopened 24 hours ahead of schedule.
Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) spokesperson Henrietta Yakubu reported that an Ethiopian Airlines Airbus A350-900 became the first plane to land at the repaired runway on Tuesday.
Over the six weeks, the airport’s closure caused disruptions to international air traffic, as flights were diverted away Abuja, the chief political and business hub of the country, and towards Kaduna, a provincial airport 160 km away.
Consequently, international carriers including British Airways, Lufthansa and South African Airways refused to fly into Kaduna on security grounds.
Ethiopian Airlines was the only foreign carrier to use Kaduna airport, while other international airlines continued to fly into Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital.
The repairs to the damaged runway were carried out by construction firm Julius Berger, who completed the task ahead of schedule.