The Government of Nigeria has reopened Akanu Ibiam International Airport in Enugu following extensive renovation.

The airport was closed in August last year for maintenance work, reconstruction of the facilities and expansion of the runway.

Domestic flight operations at the airport will resume immediately, while international flights are scheduled to commence on 5 September.

Nigerian Minister of Aviation Hadi Sirika was quoted by the News Agency of Nigeria as saying: “It is a great pleasure for me to be in Enugu for this August occasion in the mount of August for the reopening of Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu for flight operations.

“The local flight can come to start from today and the international flight on September 5, once the Covid-19 Presidential Task Force has opened the gate to come in.

“We are proud to say that this project is indeed a testimony to Mr President’s commitment to infrastructure development in the country.”

The airport was closed after safety concerns were raised with the dilapidated condition of the runway.

Overall, the federal government contributed NGN10bn ($25.9m) for the rehabilitation of the airport.

Last month, Nigeria resumed domestic flight operations a three-month-long lockdown imposed by the government to restrict the spread of Covid-19.

The aviation authority implemented appropriate measures across the airports such as mandatory temperature checking, disinfection of luggage and physical distancing during the check-in procedure for the safety of the passengers and staff.