Abuja airport to be shut for two days

Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport

The runway is to be closed from Saturday night to Monday morning.

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria on Wednesday said it will shut down the runway of Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, for two days.

In a statement by the spokesperson for the aviation agencies, Yakubu Dati, the closure of the airport’s only runway is to enable facility upgrade and traffic maintenance there.

Mr. Dati said the upgrade is in line international Civil Aviation Organization’s, ICAO requirements and Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority’s, NCAA approved Safety and Standard and Recommended Practices, SARPs.

The runway, he said, will be closed at 2300 UTC on Saturday, July 5 to reopen at 0500 UTC on Monday, July 7.

“A NOTAM (Notice to all airmen) of closure at 2300 UTC on Saturday, 5th of July, 2014 and reopening at 0500 UTC on Monday 7th of July, 2014, has already been issued at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, notifying all airlines, sister agencies and critical stakeholders,” Mr. Dati said.

He also apologized to all intending passengers, airline operators and aviation stakeholders for the inconvenience the closure might cause.

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