The Federal Government Coordinating Committee overseeing the management of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA), Abuja airport repairs on Sunday, said over 43,000 passengers have passed through the Kaduna Airport.
The committee which also oversees the closure and relocation of passengers to Kaduna airport, the alternative to the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA),said that the figure was in respect of the first 11 days of operations in the exercise.
The committee disclosed this in its latest data submitted to the Presidency by the Federal Government Coordinating Committee overseeing the management of the Airport repair, closure and relocation.
However, a Presidential aide, who preferred not to be named, said the figure was more than the 41,000 passengers it recorded in the entire first quarter of 2015, and the 21,000 in the first quarter of 2016.
The source also disclosed that, during this period, about 10,000 passengers took advantage of the free bus shuttle, organised by the federal government to transport passengers between the Abuja and Kaduna Airports.
‘’The free bus shuttle conveyed passengers between Abuja and Kaduna airports, starting at the Abuja airport at 6 o’clock in the morning, and at the Kaduna Airport from 8 a.m.
‘’The shuttle takes 3 hours from airport to airport, and runs every 30 minutes, until the arrival of the last daily flight in Kaduna.
‘’The Shuttle is in addition to the federal government’s free Train Service between Abuja and Kaduna.
‘’The two-and-half-hour Train Service departs Abuja’s Idu Station for Kaduna at 6 a.m., 11.55 a.m. and 5.45 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays; and departs Kaduna’s Rigasa Station for Abuja at 9 a.m., 2.50 p.m. and 8.40 p.m.,’’ the source said.
Source: ( Punch Newspaper )