Saleh Dunoma, managing director of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), says the runway of Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, would be ready by April 17, two days ahead of the deadline.
He gave the assurance in a statement signed by Ariyo Akinfenwa, media consultant to the minister of state for aviation.
“We will be ready April 17 but we are leaving the remaining two days for Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA),” the statement read.
“We have written to them and they will come by today (Sunday) to do the preliminary inspection. “They have to certify the airport that what we have done is in accordance with their standards.
“If there is any observation as a result of the inspection, we will now make sure we carry out corrections.”
He maintained that with the work done, the April 19 deadline for the reopening of the airport is no longer in doubt. According to him, the authority also used the opportunity provided by the closure of the airport to address other Airport Excellence in Safety (APEX) related items.
“Dunoma also noted that the terminal building was also ready for flight operations.
The Abuja airport was shut on March 8 for six weeks to enable Julius Berger rebuild the 3.6 kilometre runway.