After 19 Months, Flights Resume At Kaduna Airport - DAILY TRUST
OCTOBER 26, 2023
By Mohammed I. Yaba
After a nine-month suspension due to security concerns related to banditry, flights have resumed at the Hassan Usman Katsina International Airport, Kaduna, Kaduna State.
The return of Air Peace’ flight ERJ-145 which touched down at the airport at 5:10pm on Monday signified the reinstatement of flight services on the route.
Recall that the airport’s vicinity experienced a bandits’ attack in March, 2022, resulting in a temporary disruption of flight operations at the airport. While Azman Air did resume operations at a point, it also ceased operations approximately five months ago.
This compelled passengers, especially those travelling on the Lagos-Kaduna route, to either land in Kano or Abuja and then proceed to Kaduna by road.
Upon the resumption of Air Peace flights on Monday evening, passengers expressed satisfaction, urging the government and relevant authorities to ensure the continuous operational integrity of the airport.
The Airport Manager, Adamu Sheikh, who disclosed that several other airlines were in the process of preparing to recommence operations, emphasised the implementation of stringent security measures for aircraft arrivals and departures.
He said, “Multiple airlines are making a comeback, and we are well-prepared. We have garnered the cooperation of all security agencies, with everyone dedicated to safeguarding the airport for smooth aircraft operations.”
The Kaduna Station Manager of Air Peace, Fatima Ndayako, explained that the airline returned to the Kaduna route due to persistent requests from their loyal customers, assuring that the airline would operate daily flights to and from Lagos.
At present, Air Peace is the exclusive carrier offering services between Lagos and Kaduna at the Kaduna airport, with flight capacities accommodating up to 50 passengers.