Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, Festus Keyamo, assured Governor Uba Sani of restoring Kaduna Airport during a recent visit.
Governor Sani, expressing concern over the airport’s dilapidated state, stated, “The airport is an eyesore, no aircraft is landing there at the moment. That’s why I had to make this trip to your office so we can know what to do.”
He further explained the current situation, saying, “Anytime anyone is trying to fly into Kaduna, they see Kano airport as an alternative or make use of the NAF Base or the Zaria airwings.”
Governor Sani informed the Minister, “I have spoken to Air Peace and United Airlines on the possibility of resuming flight operations at the airport, but we found out there’s a need to upgrade and improve some of the facilities for effective aeronautical services.”
The Minister, welcoming the governor to his office, pledged swift action, stating, “Coincidentally, I am planning a visit to one of my agencies in Zaria soon, the Nigeria College of Aviation Technology-NCAT, and now, as a matter of urgency, I have to factor in the inspection of the Kaduna airport in the journey.”
He emphasized the airport’s significance, promising, “It is very important that we make the Kaduna Airport fully operational because it is a good alternative to the Abuja airport should anything happen, so I am promising you that, I’ll give it priority in weeks to come.”
This commitment aligns with the Minister’s broader efforts to boost aviation infrastructure and services, emphasizing the critical role of Kaduna Airport in the regional air transport network.