Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport Abuja, one of the busiest airports in Nigeria will be undergoing renovation from March 8 to April 19, 2017. Flying in and out of Abuja is going to be difficult for the next one month due to the fact that Abuja Airport is the only serving International airport in the capital city. According to the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria’s Aviation Sector Summary Reports, the airport has over four million passengers visiting yearly.
According to Nigeria’s Aviation Ministry, the runway at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport has not had any significant maintenance for almost 14 years. The airport was built in 1982 with a single runway that was due to be rebuilt 20 years later. The closure is apparently due to several reports that potholes have caused damage to aircraft, causing one international carrier to cancel its flights on this route.
This project will affect both local and international passengers travelling to and from Abuja within the six-week period while work is ongoing. However, you don’t need to panic as flights will be diverted to Kaduna Airport (KAD), located 100 miles north of Abuja which is approximately 2 hours 32 minutes by road without traffic.
Shuttling between Kaduna and Abuja has been made easy and convenient for passengers by providing helicopter services, Prices will start from ₦ 50,000. Other methods of transportation are by train, where tickets start at ₦1000, and by road, prices are negotiable.
Being one of the busiest airports in the country that is being visited by over 5,000 passengers daily passengers are being advised on how to cope during the renovation. The following tips should help you on how to arrive at your destination on time and not get stuck in the traffic.
- Book morning Flights
Travellers book morning flights that will arrive at the alternative airports, Kano or Kaduna Airports during the day and avoid flying late for both transportation and security reasons. Book affordable Local flights on Royal Coast Travels.
- Be Flexible
Travellers are advised to have flexible plan for their journey and make sure they arrive their destination during the day time. To avoid congestion, consider travelling on Saturday and returning on Tuesday when most of holiday goers would have moved away from the city, you may also be able to save on airfare. It is advisable you fly early in the morning so that you can find a convenient connection to Abuja as well as avoid traffic on these alternative routes.
- Be Ready and Prepared
Be prepared to face any unforeseen circumstances that might come up during your journey. According to the Ministry of Aviation, trains, executive buses and helicopter services will be provided as an alternatives methods for getting to and from Abuja.