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Akanu Ibiam International Airport ready for resumption of flights – Minister

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The Minister of Aviation, Mr. Hadi Sirika, says that Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu, is ready for the resumption of flights.

Sirika said this on Saturday in Enugu after the final inspection round of the rehabilitation works at the airport before the official reopening of the complex.

The Federal Government had closed Akanu Ibiam International Airport in August 2019 for security reasons.

Some of the reasons include its poor runway and landing aids, the presence of a market near the airport that attracts birds, causing constant collisions with birds.

Others also include the incorrect location of the state radio station’s mast directly in front of the tracks.

However, the minister, who landed at the airport on Saturday night with a private jet, No.5N-PAZ, said he was delighted to have been on the flight that landed at the airport.

He said he had arrived before August 30, the official reopening of the airport to inspect the state of the facilities for the resumption of the flight.

“We are ready for the official reopening of this airport tomorrow and I am happy that we were able to achieve it on schedule,” Sirika said.

The Nigerian News Agency (NAN) reports that while the runway and other ancillary works, including the lighting system, are ready and work is still being done on the reception, the perimeter fence, the drains and the main gate.

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