Three months after the Benin Airport suspended flight activities, the management has announced that flight operations would resume weekend, as the runway which led to the closure has been certified as fit by Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA.
Mr. Sunday Ayodele, the Airport manager who spoke to journalists in Benin City, confirmed the resumption of skeletal services to the busy airport yesterday, but said the Airport was never closed to other business activities apart from regular flights.
According to him, flights were actually suspended by the various airlines flying in and out of the state, and not the Airport authorities even as he regretted the pains the suspension may have caused passengers on the route.
Flight operations were suspended in late June this year, to enable the Federal airport management authority carry out rehabilitation work on the ruined runway which was in bad shape due to decades of neglect.
Some passengers who had besieged the airlines for their reservation were surprise that flight operations could not commence today until this weekend.
Car hires services operators some of whom spoke with journalists lamented their losses saying they have spent close to 35 to 40 years working at the airport and have lost so much though they are happy that activities will soon begin.