Flights resumes in Port Harcourt Airport after bush fire forced closure of runway for hours

Port Harcourt International airport, Omagwa

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria FAAN, says flight Operations have re-commenced at the Port Harcourt International after yesterday’s bush fire Incident that led to the closure of the runway.
In a statement, the General Manager Corporate Affairs, Mrs. Henrietta Yakubu says bush fire has been put under control.

“Following a careful evaluation and mitigation of the impact of the bush fire earlier reported around the Port Harcourt International Airport and the dissipation of smokes around the airside, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria  has now been re-opened to operations.
“Normal flight activities has therefore re-commenced at the airport”.

Bush fire near the runway of the Port Harcourt Saturday

 The fire was said to have started after villagers living around the airport set the bushes in fire which spread close to the runway.

The closure led to many passengers stranded at the airport as their flight could not take off to the closure of the airport and many flights diverted to the nearest Airports.

Flights affected are Max,  Arik and Dana Flight 368 from Abuja to Port-Harcourt with 124 passengers on board.

Two of the flights from Abuja had to return since it was late to land at alternate Airport like Owerri that is for daylight Operations.


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