Nnamdi Azikiwe International airport reopens after 6 weeks of repairs

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Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja, reopened after six weeks of repair works

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.

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