More Airlines resumed flights on Tuesday at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, (NAIA), Abuja as the Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika re-opened the facilities a day earlier than the April 19 schedule.
Sirika, while addressing newsmen in Abuja, said he decided to reopen the airport since the runway rehabilitation had been completed on schedule.
The airport was shut for six weeks to enable the contractor repair its failed runway with Abuja-bound air traffic diverted to Kaduna during the period.
Following the reopening, Med-View Airlines’ Chief Operating Officer (COO), Lookman Animashaun, said the airline had immediately started operations to the nation’s capital with six flights from Lagos daily.
Also speaking, the Account Manager of Dana Air, Obi Mbanuzuo suggested that the airline would from today operate five frequencies on Lagos-Abuja route daily, while Kaduna will be a flight per day.
Arik Air’s Chief Executive Officer, Captain Roy Ilegbodu, also said it had also re-opened its daily flights between Abuja and Lagos, while other destinations like Ilorin, Ibadan, Gombe, Yola, Sokoto, Maiduguri, Port Harcourt and Accra (Ghana) are due to be connected from Abuja.
It would be recalled, Air Peace on Monday said it will resume flight operations at airport on Wednesday.
An airplane of the Nigerian Police with registration 5N-HAR airlifted Sirika and some officials to the airport from Kaduna on a test-run of the rehabilitated runway.
By noon, an Ethiopian Airline Airbus 350 aircraft touched down amid fanfare, signaling the commencement of commercial flight operations to Abuja.