Enugu Airport to Reopen August 30 – Aviation Minister

Commercial flights will resume at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu, Enugu State, on August 30 said Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika.

According to the minister, the maintenance work currently going on is almost completed.

Sirika, who was at the airport to inspect the progress of work yesterday, said: “We wanted to make a quick intervention in this procurement to ensure that the once dilapidated runway that was a threat to the safety of our operations have been dealt with.

“We were on course but unfortunately COVID came and the workers took to their heels to ensure that they remain safe. We are back on-site and we have made a tremendous amount of progress.

“We are about 90 to 95 per cent completing this job. However, the final wearing course is where we are on the runway while the perimeter fencing and the road are going on and other works including airfield lighting for day and night operations and for it to truly answer its name – Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu.”

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He added that “The season now is the rainy season and just like COVID, the rainy season is also a monster in the procurement of this nature but the contractor, the consultants are doing extremely well and the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) who is a client and I am happy with the progress of work. I am very confident that this procurement will be delivered on the 30th of August 2020

The Enugu airport was shut on August 24, 2019, for the rehabilitation of the runway and upgrade of other infrastructure to meet international standards.

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