The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has stated that it would close the runway at Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu for major repairs and works on the airfield effective 00:00 on 24th August, 2019.
FAAN made this known in an online statement signed by the General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Mrs. Henrietta Yakubu
The agency noted that the information is for airlines, airlines, passengers and all other stakeholders.
According to Yakubu, the move is aimed at resolving the existing safety/security concerns to flight operations, adding that a date to reopen the runway will be communicated in due course.
FAAN, the spokesperson added is committed to its core values of safety, security and comfort.
Recalled that Enugu Airport had been in the news lately following attempt in May by the Federal Government to downgrade the airport due to issues that has to do with safety of flights at the airport, dilapidated and undulating runway and other infrastructural concerns.
The Enugu Government was to clear the flight path of structures to enable FAAN install safety critical equipment, rehabilitate the runway and provide other facilities that would enable international airlines to operate at the airport,
In addition, the Enugu Stated was also expected to relocate the market at Emene along with the abattoir to keep away birds from the airport and also bring down masts that obstruct flights after takeoff from the airport.
However, when the Federal Government made its intention through the then Minister of State, Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, the state government immediately shut down Emene market and the abattoir.
It also directed the relocation and demolition of structures on the flight path and the removal of the masts.