Foreign Airlines Stop Boycott Of Kaduna Airport

Some foreign airlines have reversed their boycott of Kaduna International Airport as alternative airfield during the temporary closure of Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA) Abuja, for repair works.

Following the inspection of the refurbished Kaduna airport, it was gathered that carriers like Lufthansa have now expressed their intention to fly to Kaduna.

Meanwhile, Ethiopian Airlines’ Boeing 787 Dream Liner was welcomed to a ceremonial water shower Wednesday in Kaduna, to flag off the beginning of Abuja-bound flights diversion and closure of Abuja airport.

Ethiopian Airlines, which is the largest in Africa, had pledged to fly to Kaduna at a time foreign legacy carriers rejected the option, citing security and logistic concerns.

Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, while welcoming Ethiopian Airlines and rounding off inspection of the new terminal, said: “I told Lufthansa in Frankfurt and British Airways that we are in the time of need but not stupid to close down Abuja and open Kaduna. It borders on safety. My disappointment was that none of them came to inspect the Kaduna airport to see what we have or don’t have.”

 

By Tony Nwanne

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