The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has said the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu would be closed on August 24 to enable it carry out major repairs on the runway.
This was disclosed in a statement on Saturday in Lagos by FAAN’s General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Mrs Henrietta Yakubu.
According to her, the closure would address existing safety and security concerns at the airport.
Adding that the closure of the runway would take effect by 12:00 a.m. on August 24, she said a date to reopen the runway would be communicated in due course.
Yakubu further explained that FAAN remained committed to its core values of safety, security and comfort of airport users in the country.
It would be recalled that the immediate past Minister of State, Aviation, Hadi Sirika, had said about three months ago that the airport would be closed down because of the state of the runway. He also said the airport might be downgraded, sparking controversy.
Different personalities and groups urged the government against the move, citing the importance of the airport in the region.