The runway of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja which was closed for 30 hours for rehabilitation on July 5, 2014 has been re-opened for flight operations.
“Reports from pilots who have used the runway so far indicate that the rehabilitation of a section of the runway was professionally executed and would enhance safety of flight operations on the runway” according to Yakubu Dati for the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria.
Dati said the second phase of the rehabilitation of the remaining section of the runway would however take place for another 30 hours next weekend between Saturday 12, (2300 UTC) and Monday 14 (0500 UTC), 2014. A NOTAM (Notice to Airmen) to this effect has already been sent to all aircraft pilots and other relevant stakeholders, informing them of the impending closure.
“The runway rehabilitation is being done in two phases to minimize the inconvenience the runway closure would have on air passengers and aircraft operators if it was carried out at once”.
The Authority regrets the inconvenience the second closure of the runway, within one week, would cause passengers and other stakeholders.
FAAN wish to assure the public and all aviation stakeholders that the conclusion of the maintenance work on the runway would guarantee enhanced flight safety on the Abuja Airport runway.