The shutdown is due to maintenance work.
The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, on Friday said it was shutting Abuja airport for 30 hours and not three days as reported by several media.
PREMIUM TIMES had reported that the airport would be shut for two days, from 12 midnight on Saturday to 6:00 a.m. on Monday.
In trying to clarify his earlier statement, the spokesperson for the aviation agencies, Yakubu Dati, said, in a text message on Friday, that the closure of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport would last for exactly 30 hours.
“The Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja will be closed for maintenance work for 30hrs (12 midnight on Saturday, July 5, to reopen 6am on Monday, July 7. Kindly note that the closure is for 30 hours only and NOT three days. Inconveniences are highly regretted,” Mr. Dati said.
The spokesperson had explained that the runway was to be closed down to allow for a facility upgrade and traffic maintenance in line with international Civil Aviation Organization, ICAO’s requirements and Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority approved Safety and Standard and Recommended Practices, SARPs.