On Saturday, August 29, the Hon. Minister of Aviation Hadi Sirika confirmed that the Akanu Ibiam International Airport was ready to resume International Flights after 370 days of closure.
The Hon. Minister of Aviation Hadi Sirika and his entourage landed on the new runway of the Airport on Saturday.
The minister was at the airport for the final round of inspection of rehabilitation works in the airport before the official reopening of the complex.
After a thorough inspection, Sirika stated that the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu seemed ready for the resumption of flights.
It can be recalled that the Federal Government had in August 2019 shut down the Akanu Ibiam International Airport over security challenges.
Some of the reasons included the airport’s bad runway and landing aids, regular airstrikes due to the presence of a market close to the airport attracting birds, the wrong placement of the state radio station mast directly facing the runways.
However, the minister expressed delight to have been on the flight that landed at the airport. He landed at the airport on Saturday evening with a private jet, No.5N-PAZ.
Sirika stated that he had arrived ahead of the Aug. 30 official reopening of the airport to inspect the readiness of the facility for flight resumption.
Although the runway and other ancillary works, including the lighting system are ready, work is still ongoing in the reception, perimeter fence, drainages, and the main gate.