Rainstorm damages facilities at Kaduna Airport

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Flights operations were temporarily suspended yesterday at the Kaduna International Airport (KIA), following a heavy rainstorm that damaged some facilities at the newly refurbished airport.

The airport was recently designated as alternative to the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA), Abuja to give room to rehabilitation. Normal flights activities resumed last week in Abuja after the exercise.

The rainstorm, which occurred on Thursday evening as a result of heavy thunderstorm, damaged communication facilities. This led the management to shut down its airspace.

Incidentally, it was the first rainfall in Kaduna metropolis this year and it came with mixed blessings as residents celebrated the downpour, while those who were bound to land at the airport were stranded.

It was gathered that airlines billed to land at the airport could not connect the communication facility of the airport.

Meanwhile, the airport Manager, Mrs. Amina Ozi-Salami, lamented the damage, saying the management was already on the top of the situation.

“The rainstorm only affected one of the panels of the tower. The glass panel of the watchtower fell. At the moment, the controllers are managing with us at the fire station. That power is at the fire station of the control tower,” she said.

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