The Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja was shut down on 8th March to enable construction on its runway. It was scheduled to be closed for 6 weeks and resume activities on Wednesday, 19th April, but things took a different turn as it opens today Tuesday, 18th April, 2017.

Speaking with reporters, the aviation minister Hadi Sirika stated his excitement as the construction beat the stipulated deadline.

“Runway friction test, the final activity, concluded. Just landed on the runway, everything is perfect. We beat the deadline. We thank you,” he tweeted.

An aircraft belonging to Ethiopian Airlines also landed at the international airport. The airline spokesperson says that the airline did this because they believe in the Nigerian market. Ethiopia Airlines was also the only international airline to land and take off from the Kaduna airport during the shutdown.

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