The Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, will close for business beginning from 12 a.m. Wednesday.
The Federal Government formally announced the closure through the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, at a world press conference Monday in Abuja.
The closure which is for six weeks will enable repair to be effected in areas that needed to be worked on. The shutdown of the airport became indispensable after the Minister of State, Aviation, Hadi Sirika, warned that the airport’s runway has totally failed and is a disaster waiting to happen.
The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, who was present at the briefing, said the government has kept its promise to make Kaduna Airport ready for use as alternative.
Also, the Minister of State in charge of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, said observations made by acting President Yemi Osinbajo, who was in Kaduna Airport on Friday had been “taken care of”.
He said the government has set up a website: www.abujaairportclosure.info, through which information will be shared with Nigerians.
Meanwhile foreign airlines have rejected the Kaduna intl. airport as an alternative airport during the maintenance period of the Nnamdi Azikiwe Intl Airport.
Only one foreign airline has agreed to use the Kaduna International Airport, Hadi Sirika, told journalists that so far only Ethiopian Airlines agreed to use the Kaduna airport as an alternative.
The decision to close the only airport in the federal capital has been criticised by aviation experts, and several international airlines warned they will not operate the Kaduna route.
Mr. Sirika said observations made by acting President Yemi Osinbajo who was in Kaduna Airport on Friday had been “taken care of”.