The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, has said the just re-opened Maiduguri International Airport is now free for commercial operations.
The Managing Director of FAAN, Saleh Dunoma, stated this in a statement issued by the spokesperson for FAAN, Yakubu Dati, in Lagos, on Sunday.
The statement assured Nigerians and airport customers that security had been beefed up within and outside the airport for passengers’ safety.
Commercial flight operations at the airport was suspended in December 2014 following a raid on the Air Force base at the airport by Boko Haram, which led the joint military task force to take over the airport.
Mr. Dunoma, in the statement, assured staff working at the airport of management’s support as they operated in the midst of security challenges.
He also urged them to keep supporting the federal government, especially the armed agencies that were using their facilities.
“I urge FAAN workers to remain committed to successful operations as the Maiduguri Airport opens for commercial operations”, he was quoted as saying in the statement.
Mr. Dunoma was further quoted as commending the staff for ensuring that facilities and equipment of the authority were maintained throughout the period the airport was shut down.
The statement called on them to make safety, security, and passenger comfort their key objectives in line with the mandate of the Authority.