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MMIA Runway 18R/36L: Reopened After 10-Month Maintenance Hiatus


After nearly a year of extensive renovations, a wave of excitement rippled through Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos today, February 17, 2024. 

Runway 18R/36L, crucial for international operations, finally welcomed its first post-renovation landing at 11:33 hrs. 

The historic touch-down came courtesy of a Kenya Airways Boeing 738, proudly bearing the registration number 5YCY.

Taking command of this special flight was Captain Meme Kondwani, who expressed his satisfaction with the runway’s condition. 

“The surface is smooth, and all the facilities are excellent,” he exclaimed.

This positive evaluation bodes well for the future of the runway, signaling a smooth and safe experience for airlines and passengers alike.

Previously, safety concerns prompted the authorities to shut down Runway 18R. The year-long closure facilitated an intensive renovation process, aiming to transform the infrastructure and enhance operational efficiency. 

With its grand reopening, Runway 18R/36L is poised to significantly ease the burden on the currently operational runway, providing much-needed relief for international airlines struggling with increased traffic congestion.

This momentous occasion marks a significant step forward for Murtala Muhammed International Airport, promising improved capacity and smoother operations for both travelers and airlines. 

The future of air travel in Lagos shines brighter with the revitalized Runway 18R/36L ready to take flight.


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