FAAN Re-Opens Maiduguri Airport 18 Months After Closure
THE Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has resumed international and local flights at the Maiduguri International Airport 18 months after its closure by the military over Boko Haram attack of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Base on December 2, 2013.
Flagging off the resumption of flights yesterday afternoon, Governor Kashim Shettima said it was “ a very great day for the people of Borno State as the airport has been finally re-opened by authorities of FAAN to resume full local and international flights,
including the airlifting of pilgrims to Saudi Arabia.”
He said: “This bears testimony to the cordial relationship between the Federal Government under the able leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari and the Borno State government. It was quite regrettable for over six million people to been denied flight services because of the ongoing Boko Haram insurgency in the North East sub-region of this country.
“Our gratitude goes to the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Med-View, Alhaji Munir Alamin Bankole for resuming flights to this airport, 18 months after its closure for any political reason. Flights get in and out of Bagdad, Kabul and Damascus airports, and
there was no other reason for anyone to close this airport but for political reason.
“Our intending pilgrims from now will no more travel by road to any of the airports in Gombe, Kano and Bauchi to be airlifted for their pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia.”
The Governor urged the people to use the Ramadan period to pray for the forgiveness of those people alleged to have been responsible for the
closure of this re-opened airport.
The Guardian learnt that Bankole accompanied the Governor on yesterday’s Med-View flight to Maiduguri airport with 82 passengers.
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