AIRCRAFT belonging to Ethiopian Airlines landed at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja. The aircraft touched down some minutes past 12pm. Traffic and Sales Manager of the airline, Firiehiwot Mekonnen, had earlier told NAN that the decision to fly the new aircraft to Abuja is because of the belief in the Nigerian market. Ethiopian Airlines was the only foreign airline that made use of the Kaduna airport during the period that flights were diverted from Abuja. The Abuja airport was closed on March 8 to enable repairs on its runway. Earlier, the Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, joined a test flight from the Kaduna International Airport. Speaking with journalists at the Abuja airport, Sirika expressed delight that the facility got ready before the deadline “Runway friction test, the final activity, concluded. Just landed on the runway, everything is perfect. We beat the deadline. We thank you. Abuja runway is 100 percent completed and certified by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority. Consequently, the airport is open for operations. Thank u,” he tweeted.

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