Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

By Ige Olugbenga

The managing director of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Engr. Saleh Dunoma, has said that the runway of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja would be ready by April 17, two days ahead of the deadline.

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Dunoma gave the assurance in a statement on Sunday in Lagos.

The FAAN boss said, after inspecting the progress of work at the airport, the last two days are for the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), to come and do a preliminary inspection.

He said all but the markings and the cleaning are 100 percent done.

Abuja airport ready for reopening

He maintained that with the work done, the April 19 deadline for the reopening of the airport is no longer in doubt.

According to him, the authority also used the opportunity provided by the closure of the airport to address other Airport Excellence in Safety (APEX) related items.

The FAAN boss further explained that the newly constructed runway does not need calibration because the previous navigational aids were not tampered with.