By Africa Today
The Federal Government has confirmed its plan to close the runway at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu for major repairs and works on the airfield.
The closure Newsmen gathered will become effective from midnight of August 24, 2019 but no date has been given for the reopening.
The General Manager, Corporate Affairs of Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, Mrs Henrietta Yakubu, who stated this on Saturday, maintained that the aim was to resolve the existing safety and security concerns to flight operations.
Recall that the immediate past Minister of State of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, had said in May that the Federal Government planned to shut down the airport.
Some of the reasons he gave included the airport’s bad runway and landing aids, and the presence of a market nearby which attracts birds and had led to constant bird strikes on aircraft.
The closure of the airport is expected to affect Ethiopian Airlines’ three to four flights weekly into the city as well as Air Peace’s domestic flight.