The Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport has reopened six weeks after it was closed for urgent repairs on Tuesday and Ethiopian Airlines was to land a brand new Airbus A350-900 to mark the official reopening of the airport.
When Abuja Airport was closed on March 8 for repairs on its runway, flight operations were diverted to Kaduna International Airport; Ethiopian Airlines was the first to land its new Boeing 787 in Kaduna.
The airline, being the only international carrier that agreed to operate at Kaduna, had maintained consistent operation at the airport in the last six weeks.
Meanwhile, Nasir el-Rufai, Governor of Kaduna State, had also requested that the airline maintained its Kaduna operation even after the reopening of Abuja airport.
The runway at Nnamdi Azikiwe airport was supposed to have been upgraded in 2002 – it was built in 1982 and was only meant to have a 20-year lifespan.