The Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja, will be closed for six weeks in February and March 2017, to carry out total repairs on the runway.
This was disclosed by the Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Siriki, while speaking to newsmen in Abuja on Monday.
Sirika said the closure will allow Julius Berger carry out a total reconstruction on the badly damaged runway at the airport.
He also added that President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the reconstruction.
He also explained that the government could not afford to close down the Abuja Airport for much longer, considering its importance and economy of the FCT.
He said: “From start to finish of the runway, it will take six months. However, we will be using the runway almost throughout the period except for about six weeks when the runway will be closed.
“That is when we are going to do the mid-section of the runway.
“The government has accepted the design done by the contractor. The runway will last for than 10 years on completion early next year.”
According to him, passengers travelling to Abuja from any part of the world will use the Kaduna Airport during the six weeks.
The federal government is expected to provide buses to convey the passengers to Abuja, while the state government will provide security.
According to him, it will cost government substantial amount of money “but we think that palliative approach is wrong because three years down we will come back to do the same repairs.
“Therefore, we decided to go for the bigger option which is to do structural repairs if the runway which will take about six months to complete.”