The Akanu Ibiam International Airport Enugu state, will begin its full operations on the 30th of August, 2020.
The airport was shut down on August 24, 2019 for proper rehabilitation of the runway and the upgrade of other infrastructures to meet up to the international standards. The corona virus outbreak and the rainy seasons had however delayed the reopening of the airport which was slated for April 2020.
Hadi Sirika the Aviation Minister, was at the airport yesterday to inspect the progress of the work and had confirmed that the project was 90-95 per cent ready. He said;
“We wanted to make a quick intervention in this procurement to ensure that the once dilapidated runway that was a threat to the safety of our operations have been dealt with.
“We are about 90 to 95 per cent completing this job. However, the final wearing course is where we are on the runway while the perimeter fencing and the road is going on and other works including airfield lighting for day and night operations and for it to truly answer its name – Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu.”
“The season now is the rainy season and just like COVID, the rainy season is also a monster in the procurement of this nature but the contractor, the consultants are doing extremely well and the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) who is a client and I am happy with the progress of work. I am very confident that this procurement will be delivered on the 30th August 2020.