Aviation minister, stakeholders meet over planned closure of Abuja Airport

Aviation minister, stakeholders meet over planned closure of Abuja Airport

Thursday, January 5, 2017 12:30 pm


The meeting of Minister of Aviation with stakeholders in the aviation sector currently going on in Abuja. Photo: FEMI IPAYE

The meeting of Minister of Aviation with stakeholders in the aviation sector currently going on in Abuja. Photo: FEMI IPAYE

 

Hadi Sirika, Nigeria’s Minister of Aviation is holding a meeting with stakeholders in the Nigerian  aviation sector on the management of the scheduled  shut down of Nnamdi  Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja for repairs.

The Airport, the only access to the Nigerian capital city through the air is scheduled to be closed to traffic for six weeks starting from 8 of March 2017 during which the runway will be resurfaced.

There have been apprehensions on the proposed shut down of the facility, especially with the Federal Government’s plan to divert air traffic to Kaduna, a distance of over 150 kilometres to the capital city from where passengers will be transported to Abuja.

There are anxieties that the much smaller Kaduna airport may not be able to handle the traffic while the expressway from the Northern city to Abuja is very notorious for kidnapping and other crimes.

Sirika is expected to address the concerns of the stakeholders during the meeting going on now.

FEMI IPAYE

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