The runway of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja has been certified ready for operations and will likely be opened on Wednesday.
The Director-General, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Mr. Usman Muktar disclosed this while speaking with newsmen during an inspection of the airport’s runway on Monday in Abuja.
The Abuja airport was closed on March 8 for six weeks for the rehabilitation of its 3.6km runway.
Flights were diverted to the Kaduna International Airport during the period.
The federal government had announced that the airport would be reopened for normal operations on April 19.
Muktar disclosed that NCAA had concluded the second phase of inspection as a follow-up to the recommendations made to the contractors to correct some areas of concern earlier identified by a team of experts.
According to him, they inspected the runway on Sunday and made some observations, but the findings that were found were not too safety critical.
He added, however, that the concerns were rectified on Monday.
“We have carried out the inspection and we have confirmed that the job has been done quite satisfactorily in line with the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) standards and recommended practices.
“So, the airport, the runway is very ready to accept flight operations safely.
“By this, we are declaring that the airport and its runway are quite operational at the time that has been determined as the official opening of this airport,” he declared.
Muktar said his agency has issued a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) to all aviators worldwide that the airport is ready for reopening on Wednesday as scheduled.
On the calibration of the airport, he said that nothing had been tampered with as far as the instrument landing system (ILS) was concerned to warrant recalibration.topics from