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JUST IN: Nigeria extends closure of Abuja airport


Jaafar Jaafar
Jaafar Jaafar is a graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief of Daily Nigerian.
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By Adnan Tudunwada

The Federal government has extended the date of the closure of Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja by 24 hours.

Earlier on Monday, Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, said at a world press conference in Abuja that the closure would take effect from 12 a.m. Wednesday.

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Traffic to the airport is diverted to Kaduna airport, with major international airlines boycotting the new destination.

But in a new circular titled “Adjustment on NAIA Abuja Runway Closure” and dated Tuesday, March 7, the Federal Airports Authority, FAAN, informed aviation stakeholders the extension.

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“Sequel to directive from the Ministry of Transport (Aviation) you are hereby informed that we still have normal flight operations throughout tomorrow Wednesday 08/03/2017.

“Runway closure will commence by 0100hrs local time on Thursday 9/3/17,” the circular, signed by the FAAN’s Head of Department of Operations, Akinbinu Felix, read in part.

The FAAN circular

The airport will be closed for six weeks to enable major repair work.

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