The Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja is now open for international and local flights.
While addressing journalists at the Abuja airport, the Minister of State for aviation, Mr Hadi Sirika, said that the rehabilitation of the runway is 100 percent complete.
The minister arrived at the airport at about 11.15am on board a Caverton helicopter from Kaduna, coming a day to the date scheduled for the reopening.
The Federal Government had earlier said the runway of the Abuja Airport is totally complete and set to reopen for operations to airlines on Wednesday, April 19.
The Airport Manager, Mr Mahmud Sani, who revealed this to newsmen, said a lot of upgrades has been done to the terminal buildings at the airport for the safety and comfort of passengers.
According to him, “The airport is good to go. We thank the Federal Government for rehabilitating the Abuja Airport. It is not only the runway that was rehabilitated, we also seized the opportunity to improve on our facilities at the terminal building. As you can see, every part of the terminal building is being touched.”
On the part of Mr Saleh Dunoma, the Managing Director of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), he said:
“We are leaving the remaining two days for Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA). We have written to them and they will do the preliminary inspection. They have to certify the airport that what we have done is in accordance with their standards”.
The Minister of State for Aviation Hadi Sirika, had earlier said that he would resign if the Airport was not opened by April 19, 2017.