After six weeks of repairs to the runway, Nigeria’s government says that the Nnamdi Azikiwe international airport in the capital Abuja has reopened a day ahead of schedule.
The closure which was received with mixed reaction came to many as a shock, forcing many international airlines like British Airways and Lufthansa to limit their operations to Muritala Mohammed Airport in Lagos, refusing to use the Kaduna airport hurriedly put together as a stop gap measure.
The closure had been another blow to Nigeria’s already suffering economy, which had been bedeviled with a very unstable foreign exchange policy.
Piecemeal attempts to fix the runway since its lifespan ended 14 years ago had failed. But after a South African Airways plane was damaged on landing in August, other airlines either stopped flying to Nigeria’s second-busiest airport or threatening to do so.
Inadequate maintenance of infrastructure has long been a problem in Nigeria, mainly because of corruption in one of Africa’s largest economies.