Enugu â€” The Akanu Ibiam Airport, Enugu, will be closed to traffic as from February 10Â to allow for the renovation and extension of its runway, its Manager, Mr Chigbo Nwobu, has said. The closure is to last for one year.
Nwobu told newsmen in Enugu, yesterdayÂ that the airport will be closed at 11.59 a.m. on that day.
He said the January 15, earlier announced by the Minister of Aviation, Mr Babatunde Omotoba, for the closure of the airport, during a recent visit to Enugu was tentative.
Nwobu stressed that atÂ 11.59 a.m. on February 10, the airport will be closed to all inbound and outbound flights that use the runway, except helicopters.
He also said that stakeholders including major airlines and sister agencies had been informed.
However, officials of the car hire service and representatives of major airlines at the airport told newsmen that they were yet to be informed of the development.
The Public Relations Officer of the contracting firm, PW Nigeria Ltd., Mr Calistus Otakagu, confirmed that work had started on the runway extension.
â€œWe have started work, but on a skeletal basis because the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) promised us that they would close the airport before we can commence work fully. What we are doing now is clearing of the site to avoid disturbing the take off and landing of aircraft,â€™â€™ he said.