After a long hiatus due to security challenges, the Kaduna International Airport has reopened for flight operations.
The airport was closed in March 2022, following a violent attack by bandits near the airport premises.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Air Peace ERJ-145 was the first flight to land at the airport on Monday at 5:10 p.m., signaling the resumption of flights to the Kaduna route.
The Airport Manager, Adamu Sheikh, told reporters in Kaduna on Wednesday that more airlines were expected to join soon. He also assured that security measures had been enhanced to protect the airport and its users.
Fatima Ndayako, the Kaduna Station Manager of Air Peace, said the airline decided to resume flights to Kaduna due to popular demand from customers. She added that the airline would operate daily flights between Lagos and Kaduna. She said the flight capacity could accommodate up to 50 passengers.
NAN reports that passengers were delighted to see flights resume at the Kaduna airport. They appealed to the government and other stakeholders to ensure that the airport remained operational.