The Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja will be reopened next week as scheduled after six weeks of closure.
The Federal Government sealed off the Abuja airport March 8 to facilitate repair works on the badly damaged runway, with all flights diverted to the Kaduna International Airport.
Though the complete re-haul of the airport is expected to last for six months, the Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, had announced the airport would be reopened for flight operations after six weeks to ease the burden on passengers.
Weeks after Sirika debunked media reports of an extension of repair works for a further 18 weeks, the Special Assistant, new media to the President, Tolu Ogunlesi took to Twitter to announce that the airport would be reopened as scheduled.
According to him, there will be a second departure terminal for domestic passengers in the Arik/Air Peace wing when the airport reopens next week to enable them board directly instead of crossing over to the other wing as has been the case.
He added that Federal Airport Authorities of Nigeria (FAAN) has taken advantage of the closure to upgrade facilities at the airport with the main domestic departures area now fitted with access and exit elevators.
Furthermore, he corroborated claims by Sirika Tuesday that repair work was 96 per cent complete by stating that the main runway reconstruction work was done, as workers were engaged with laying of runway lights and markings.
All things being equal, normal service will reportedly resume next Wednesday at the Abuja airport, which is of enormous political and economic importance to the country.