Ethiopian Airlines resumes international flights at Enugu Airport from 1 October 2021, Enugu Metro reports.

It is an independence Day gift to passengers from the South East region.

Ethiopian, the lone passenger airliner on the route, has opened its portal for bookings from this date.

Although a lucrative route, no other airline, local and international, will fly international routes from the airport in October.

Authorities suspended all flights and shut down Enugu’s Akanu Ibiam International Airport on 24 August 2019.

The shutdown followed public outcry over its dilapidated runway.

However, President Muhammadu Buhari approved N10 billion requested by Aviation Minister officials to rehabilitate the airport.

The rehabilitation was completed and the airport opened to domestic flights on 30 August 2020.

Surprisingly, aviation authorities dragged their feet to open for international flights.

They promised and failed twice to authorize international flights despite pleas from passengers and leaders from the South East.

Officials however relented last month when the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) gave the all-clear signal for flight resumption.

“Akanu Ibiam International Airport Enugu will resume international operations on the 18 August 2021,” NCAA said in a statement.

Ethiopian followed quickly with a statement saying it will operate a thrice-weekly schedlue at the airport from 15 September.

Ethiopian resumes Enugu Flights on 1-October