The Federal Government yesterday said that it will shut down the runway of Benin Airport in Edo State on Saturday, June 20 to Friday, July 10, 2015 for the purpose of repair and maintenance.
The Deputy General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Mr. Onyekwere Nnaekpe, who disclosed this to journalists on Friday, stressed that the temporary closure was to facilitate rehabilitation work on the airport’s runway.
Mr. Nnaekpe added that the agency’s NOTAM had been sent to adequately inform airlines’ operators and passengers of the development.
He said “The Management of the Federal Airports Authority Nigeria wishes to inform members of the public, especially airline operators, airline passengers and other airport users, that the Benin Airport will be closed to flight operations from Saturday, June 20 to Friday, July 10, 2015 to facilitate rehabilitation work on the airport’s runway
“A Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) has already been issued to all operators of scheduled and non-scheduled flights to the airport, to enable them make alternative arrangements for their flight operations during the period of the closure of the airport”.
Mr. Nnaekpe said that airlines’ operators could use the Asaba Airport and Osubi airstrip in Warri as alternate airports to the Benin airport.
“The runway rehabilitation work is part of a routine maintenance programme designed by the Authority to ensure that airport runways and other ancillary facilities do not fall below standards recommended by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
“The Authority regrets any inconvenience the closure of the Benin Airport for this period will cause airline operators, airline passengers and other users of the airport”, he said.