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Published On: Wed, Jul 9th, 2014

Again, FG to close Abuja airport’s runway weekend

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Abuja airport, Nnamdi azikiwe airportFrom Suleiman Idris, Lagos

The federal authorities in charge of airports, the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) yesterday said the Abuja airport runway which was reopen on Monday after its closure for 30 hours for rehabilitation on July 5, 2014 has been will again be closed to flight operations.

FAAN said reports from pilots who have used the runway so far, indicate that the rehabilitation of a section of the runway was professionally executed and would enhance safety of flight operations on the runway.

A statement issued by the FAAN General Manager, Cooperate Communication, Mr. Yakubu Dati said the second phase of the rehabilitation of the remaining section of the runway would however take place for another 30 hours next weekend.

It said “between Saturday 12, (2300 UTC) and Monday 14 (0500 UTC), 2014. A NOTAM (Notice to Airmen) to this effect has already been sent to all aircraft pilots and other relevant stakeholders, informing them of the impending closure.

Dati said the runway rehabilitation is being done in two phases to minimize the inconvenience the runway closure would have on air passengers and aircraft operators if it was carried out at once.

“The Authority regrets the inconvenience the second closure of the runway, within one week, would cause passengers and other stakeholders.

“We wish to assure the public and all aviation stakeholders that the conclusion of the maintenance work on the runway would guarantee enhanced flight safety on the Abuja Airport runway” the statement said in parts.

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