by Azeez Adeniyi
Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika has said foreign airlines which rejected the Kaduna International Airport may be regretting their decision.
Sirika said this after an Ethiopian Airlines plane landed at the Kaduna airport.
Lufthansa, British Airways, South African Airways, and some other airlines had said they would not land in the airport, while citing insecurity and poor infrastructure.
A Boeing 787 belonging to Ethiopian Airlines touched down at Kaduna airport at 11:35am on Wednesday.
“We are beginning with mixed feelings. Mixed because we know the reason why we are in Kaduna, it is because the runaway in Abuja is bad due to some continued neglect over the years,” he said.
“But we are happy because we thought proactively and there was an alternative. There are quite a few doubting Thomases who felt Kaduna could work, but Kaduna is working now.
“Ethiopian Airlines has just landed. We thank Ethiopian Airlines for believing in us, for partnering with Nigeria in its time of needs.
“I believe BA, Lufthansa, Air France and the rest are probably regretting their decisions now and I pray that they will respond and start landing in Kaduna.”