Good news! The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), the regulator of the Nigerian aviation industry, after due diligence on the rehabilitated Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja, on Monday declared it safe and ready for commercial flight operations.
It could be recalled that the Abuja airport was closed on March 8 for six weeks for the rehabilitation of its 3.6km runway, and traffic diverted to the Kaduna International Airport. The closure which is for six weeks will be terminated today, the 18th of April and the runway opened to traffic on the 19th April as previously scheduled.
The Director-General, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Mr. Usman Muktar disclosed that NCAA had concluded the second phase of inspection as a follow-up to the recommendations made to the contractors to correct some areas of concern earlier identified by a team of experts.
According to him, they inspected the runway on Sunday and made some observations, but the findings that were found were not too safety critical.
He added, however, that the concerns were rectified on Monday.
“We have carried out the inspection and we have confirmed that the job has been done quite satisfactorily in line with the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) standards and recommended practices.
“So, the airport, the runway is very ready to accept flight operations safely.
“By this, we are declaring that the airport and its runway are quite operational at the time that has been determined as the official opening of this airport,” he declared.
On the calibration of the airport, he said that nothing had been tampered with as far as the instrument landing system (ILS) was concerned to warrant recalibration.
According to him, calibrations are normally scheduled and very soon, the airport will also be calibrated along with others.