[:en]Maiduguri Airport to be re-opened after 18 months closure[:]

[:en]The Nigerian government has issued an order for the re-opening of the Maiduguri International Airport for commercial activities.

Borno state Deputy Governor, Alhaji Zannah Mustapha disclosed this to newsmen in the state capital, Maiduguri.



The airport was shut down early December, 2013, after insurgents launched an attack on the 79 Composite unit of the Nigerian Airforce base in Maiduguri and destroyed three military helicopters at the base.

Zannah Mustapha told Journalists that the Federal Government resolved to re-open the airport, following the seeming improvement in security recorded in recent times.

“It is interesting to announce that the Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal Adesola Amosu has confirmed to me that the Federal Government has issued a directive for the re-opening of the Maiduguri International Airport for commercial activities,” the Deputy Governor announced.

“In fact the Chief of Air Staff told me that the Nigerian Air Space Management Agency, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority and the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria were already directed to work out effective modalities for the effective resumption of flights”, he added.

Zannah revealed that for commercial activities to kick start, Med View Airlines has announced its decision to fully commence flights from Maiduguri en route Abuja-Kano and Jeddah.

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