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Sirika relocates to Enugu ahead reopening of Akanu Ibiam International Airport

Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika has taken a decision to relocate to Enugu along with other officials and aides in the ministry ahead the planned reopening of the Akanu Ibiam International Airport (AIIA), this Sunday 30th August 2020.

Director, Public Affairs, Ministry of Aviation, James Odaudu in a press statement explained that the decision by the minister is to enable him monitor finishing touches being done by the contractors handling the runway reconstruction and installation of facilities at the airport.

It is also to ensure that nothing stands in the way of the planned reopening.

There have been apprehensions about the possibility of the resumption of flights at the airport as planned, as a result of the recent unwarranted and ill-advised pulling down of about two kilometres stretch of the perimeter fence of the airport by an individual claiming ownership of the land on which the fence was raised.

The Minister has however given assurance that everything possible was being done to ensure that the people of the South East region who are the major beneficiaries of the project, begin to enjoy flight operations at the airport from Sunday.

Sirika also commends the governors of the South East states especially Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State for joining efforts with the Ministry of Aviation to ensure a successful return of activities at the airport.

The Akanu Ibiam International Airport Enugu was shut down in August 2019 to enable the Federal government reconstruct the runway which had become so dilapidated that aviation experts described it as an accident waiting to happen.

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