Minister of Aviation Hadi Sirika
The Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, has finally reopened following a six-week long closure for repairs on the runaway.
Nigeria’s Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, was aboard a test flight from Kaduna International Airport that arrived at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja on Tuesday morning.
It is the first plane to touch down at the airport, as the airport re-opens.
Earlier yesterday, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) certified the rehabilitated Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja safe and ready for commercial flight operations.
NCAA’s Director General, Capt. Muktar Usman, told journalists that the final inspection had been done and they are satisfied.
“Well as you can see, we have just done the final inspection of the runway rehabilitation and reconstruction of Abuja International Airport. It is done and it is quite satisfactory. We inspected yesterday and we made some observations but the findings that we found were not safety critical and today we found that they have been rectified.”
“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,” Capt. Muktar declared.
He added that the NCAA has “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.”
“The normal thing is to inform the aviation world through what we called, Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) and that has been done and all aviators now know the airport is ready for reopening.”
On calibration, he said:
“nothing has been tampered with as far as the instrument landing system is concerned and everything is in calibration. Calibrations are normally scheduled and very soon this airport will also be calibrated along with other airports. It is not as if there is need for re-calibration because nothing has been distorted. It will be normal routine calibration which will be applicable to other airports that are due for re-calibration.”
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