Ethiopian Airline Airbus A350 has landed at the Abuja Airport.


It is the first major airline to do so, coming a day to the reopening of the airport, which the Federal Government says is 100 percent complete.

Earlier today, the Minister of State for Aviation Hadi Sirika had a test flight on board, making first landing in Abuja after six weeks of rehabilitation of the runway and other facilities at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport.

The Minister is said to have flown in from Kaduna, while the Ethiopian Airline became the first airline to land in Abuja. The Federal Government had on Monday said the runway of the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport Abuja, is 100 per cent complete and set for reopening to airlines on Wednesday, April 19.

The Airport Manager, Mr Mahmud Sani, who disclosed this to Channels Television in Abuja, said the terminal buildings at the airport have been upgraded for the safety and comfort of passengers.

“The airport is good to go. We thank the Federal Government for rehabilitating the Abuja Airport. It is not only the runway that was rehabilitated, we also seized the opportunity to improve on our facilities at the terminal building. As you can see, every part of the terminal building is being touched,” he said.


  1. When the 6 weeks rehabilitation schedule was published by the news media, most of us thought it was a joke: particularly looking at what time a quality infrastructure, as required, would take to be put in place.
    Today, with the 100% completion announcement, and the fact that the test flight to the facility is carried out: followed by the confidence reposing flight from Ethiopian, we have no choice but to believe the schedule was achievable. We thank the Federal Government, The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, and the Airport , As well as all concerned for rekindling our confidence in what you say.

    • Thank you for your very insightful comment. With proper planning, even other unfinished projects in the aviation sector can be completed


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