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Nigeria to close airport in capital for six weeks

Wednesday, March 08, 2017 - 01:07

Nigeria closes its capital's airport for six weeks to carry out repairs to its runway after airlines threatened to stop flying there. Scarlett Cvitanovich reports.

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The runway airlines no longer want to land on. Nigeria's Abuja airport closing for six weeks of runway repairs after it become so damaged airlines threatened to stop flying there. Riddled with potholes, some aircraft had reported damage to their undercarriage. Passengers will now be diverted to Kaduna airport, about 160 kilometres north. The airports themselves operate at entirely different capacities. Abuja airport handling nearly five-thousand domestic flight in December. Less than 200 flew in or out of Kaduna, where final preparations are being installed for its increased activity. Some airlines - including British Airways, Lufthansa and South African Airways - are refusing to fly into Kaduna because of operational concerns. And questions are being asked of just how long the work will take. And it's already forcing changes to the event calendar. St. Patrick's Day celebrations were held two weeks early so Irish musicians could fly in and out before the airport closed.

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Nigeria to close airport in capital for six weeks

Wednesday, March 08, 2017 - 01:07