CAJ News Agency (Johannesburg)

7 May 2014

Nigeria: Abuja Flights Fully Operational During WEF

Lagos — THE Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) said the World Economic Forum would not affect flight operations in and out of Abuja.

Coordinating General Manager, Communications for Aviation Parastatals, Yakubu Dati, said normal flight schedules should be maintained during the event that began on Wednesday.

Over 1 000 delegates and several Heads of State are expected at the forum which will end on Friday.

Government has ordered a shut down of public institution in the city for the forum.

Security at the nations capital have also been beefed up following recent bomb attacks by the Boko Haram terrorist sect.

Hundreds of military and police officers have been drafted to strategic part of the city to provide security for delegates at the forum.

Special forces have also been detailed to guard the Abuja airport against terrorists attack.

Despite the heavy presence of security personnels at the airport, Dati assured passengers that there would be no restriction at the airport.

“The Management of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) wishes to inform the general public, especially air passengers and other airport users, that Government's directive closing all schools and public offices in Abuja between May 7th and 9th, 2014 for the World Economic Forum does not affect operations at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja and all other airports in the country.

“Normal flight operations will continue to take place at all airports, as scheduled, throughout the period of the forum.

“We are constrained to issue this release in view of possible misconception in some quarters that the Abuja Airport, being a public utility, is affected by the closure order.

“We also wish to assure all passengers and other airport users that adequate security and operational arrangements have been put in place at all our airports to ensure hitch-free passenger facilitation during and after the World Economic Forum.”

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