Ethiopian Airways, first plane to land in Abuja, as airport reopens

The Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) will today begin the calibration of the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport, Abuja in readiness for resumption of flight operations, according to its Managing Director, Capt. Fola Akinkuotu.

The resumption of flights today would come ahead of tomorrow’s deadline. T his is coming as Ethiopian Airways flight would be the first airline to land on the rehabilitated N5.5billion runway.

The airline’s is slated to arrive at 11am today. The carrier was the only one that operated to Kaduna airport in its brand new B787, otherwise known as the Dreamliner and would be welcomed with fanfare as at the airport, signalling resumption of flight services to and from the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The Federal Government had shut the Abuja airport runway after several portions of the facility failed with alligator cracks, thereby endangering lives and property.

Activities are in top gear as all the agencies’ heads were seen strategizing as Julius Berger trucks were seen leaving strategic areas of the runway. Airfield lightings shone brightly, indicating that the airport is ready for flight services.

Cleaners were seen cleaning offices and repainting some building and carrying out comprehensive repairs on the terminal building and other buildings. Runway markings had been completed.

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