Barely 24 hours after it banned flights from the Port Harcourt Airport due to bush fire, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has reopened the airport for operations.
FAAN General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Mrs Henrietta Yakubu, made the disclosure in a statement in Abuja on Sunday.
“The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria wishes to inform the general public that the Port Harcourt International Airport has now been re-opened to operations.
“This is by following a careful evaluation and mitigation of the impact of the bush fire earlier reported around the airport and the dissipation of smokes around the air side,” she said.
According to her, normal flight activities have therefore re-commenced at the airport.
Yakubu assured that FAAN was committed to its core values of safety, security and comfort of passengers and airport users.
FAAN had on Saturday announced the temporary closure of the Port Harcourt International Airport runway following a bush fire incident near the area.
The General Manager, Corporate Affairs, FAAN, Mrs Henrietta Yakubu, had explained that the temporarily closure of the runway was part of safety precautions.
“A joint team from the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria and the Nigeria Airspace Management Agency is presently evaluating the situation.
“This is with a view to ensuring that the airside is cleared of smoke and restoration of normalcy at the airport,” she said.