The federal government has reopened the Akanu Ibiam International Airport in Enugu and urged entrepreneurs from the South-east region to invest in the planned concession of airport facilities.

Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, who represented President Muhammadu Buhari at the ceremony on Sunday, explained that the airport has been upgraded to international standards and soon international carriers would be landing and taking off from there.

He commended the efforts of the Enugu State government in ensuring that the federal government’s objective of rehabilitating the airport was realised, in spite of the wishes of some stakeholders in the aviation industry to limit international flight services to only Lagos and Abuja airports.

“Stakeholders wanted us to only make Abuja and Lagos airport international airports and use smaller aircraft to ferry passengers to their locations. I am a policy maker and look at the haves and the have-nots. It will cost an average businessman about $1,000 to book hotel and board flights to come down to these airports from Lagos and Abuja. We will serve you where you are. I made sure Enugu airport meets all international standard that it requires.

“In the next few days, most flights will commence. Ethiopian Airlines and many other airlines that receive approval to come here will come here,” Sirika said.

He thanked the Enugu State Governor, Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, for ensuring that the market, abattoir and free trade zones obstructing the work were removed for safety reasons.

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