FG to “possibly” reopen Enugu Airport before end of December
The Federal Government has announced that it will “possibly” reopen the Akanu Ibiam International Airport in Enugu before the end of December, 2020.
The Minister of Aviation, Mr. Hadi Sirika announced this on his Twitter handle @hadisirika on Tuesday.
ElombahNews, on November
In a letter addressed to the National Coordinator, Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Dr. Sani Aliyu, Maazi Ezeoke wondered why Enugu Airport is not in the list of airports to be reopened.
He wrote: “Dear Sani Aliyu, why have you decided not to include Enugu Airport in the list of airports to be reopened for international flights soon?
“Note, based on your decision Ethiopian Airlines has cancelled all flights to Enugu this Christmas.
“We demand to know why we are being treated differently!”
In the letter, he noted that the task-force was to install protective PVC-shield at the Enugu Airport arrival and departure desks but has not been done.
He even volunteered to install the Protective shields to ensure that the airport starts receiving international flights before yuletide.
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Responding to the widely read report, Mr. Sirika posted on Twitter:
We are working with Ministry of Health, CACOVID & The PTF to open Kano, Port Harcourt & possibly Enugu airports before the end of the year. Also Lufthansa, Air France/KLM has been given go ahead to resume. Qatar Airways is approved to start Abuja. Thank you for your patience.
We are working with Ministry of Health, CACOVID & The PTF to open Kano, Port Harcourt & possibly Enugu airports before the end of the year. Also Lufthansa, Air France/KLM has been given go ahead to resume. Qatar Airways is approved to start Abuja. Thank you for your patience🙏🏽🇳🇬
— Hadi Sirika (@hadisirika) November 17, 2020
It could be recalled that the Airport was shut down for several months for “maintenance” in 2019 after which it was reopened without totally completing the project.
It will be shut down again following the outbreak of the Coronavirus globally which struck Nigeria in February 2020.