Airport closure: Presidency okays landing of helicopters in Abuja
Respite has come the way of air travellers to Abuja as the Presidency, yesterday, approved the landing of helicopters in Abuja.
The approval came barely 24 hours after the Office of National Security Adviser, ONSA, imposed a restriction on helicopters flying across the city for security reasons.
This is even as the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, said no fewer than 16,000 passengers have so far travelled through Kaduna International Airport within the first five days of its replacing Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja. Similarly, banks have commenced installations of Automated Teller Machines, ATMs, as airline operators have been issued POS Fresh, a week after the closure of the airport in Abuja.
Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, who disclosed these in an interview with State House correspondents at the end of yesterday’s Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, also said talks were still ongoing at press time about the spot the helicopters would land, in view of the fact that there were ‘no-fly’ zones in the metropolis.