Airport closure: Helicopter service ‘now available’ from Kaduna to Abuja
The federal government had earlier announced that Abuja airport will be closed for a period of six weeks and flights will be redirected to Kaduna airport to allow repair works on the runway.
The move has raised many security concerns for travellers, who prefer swift landing in Abuja, and would love to avoid the two-hour journey from Kaduna to Abuja.
For there travellers, some aviation agencies are swift to the rescue. The companies have begun advertising various options for travellers.
One of such seen by TheCable offers a 45-minute trip for passengers via the AgustaWestland AW139 and Sikorsky 92 helicopters at N49,999.
The offer, which was made by Maple Aviation Logistics Limited, offers to pick passengers at the Kaduna International airport and drop them off at the national stadium in Abuja.
Some international airlines like Lufthansa have said that they would not be flying to the Kaduna airport, the replacement, during the period when the Abuja airport is closed.
Rotimi Amaechi, minister of transportation, said that the runway had exceeded its lifespan explaining, and that it was built to last 20 years but has been in use for 34 years.
Amaechi added that, the government will not change its mind about closing the airport but would ensure that the airport is opened after the stipulated six weeks.
Bukola Saraki, senate president, has also said that no provision was made for the repair works in the 2016 and 2017 budget, adding that non-completion of the Minna airport remodeling project made the Kaduna airport the back-up airport.
The airport will be closed from March 8 to April 19, 2017.
Posted by Juliet Ekwebelam