The Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA) Abuja will be closed for six weeks beginning from February to March over renovation works on the runway by Julius Berger Nigeria Limited.
This was disclosed by the Minister of State for Aviation, Mr. Hadi Sirika, during an assessment of the works to be carried out at the airport Monday.
He said that already, the President has approved the repair works in view of the importance of the airport to the country.
The repair work will take about six months, but the runway would only be closed for six weeks as the Minister explained that the airport cannot be closed down for so long.
He said, “From start to finish of the runway, it will take six months. However we will be using the runway almost throughout the period except for about six weeks when the runway will be closed. That is when we are going to do the mid-section of the runway.”
He disclosed that for the period of the repair, Kaduna airport will be used as alternative, adding that every arrangement has been made with the state government to convey passengers to Abuja.
Sirika added, “It will cost government substantial amount of money but we thought in our wisdom that palliative approach is wrong because three years down, we will come back to do the same repairs therefore we decided to go for the bigger option which is to do structural repairs of the runway which will take about six months to complete”.