The Nigerian government has announced the closure of the only airport in the capital city of Abuja, Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, for maintenance.

A statement by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria said the facility will be closed to traffic from Saturday, July 5 to Monday, July 7, 2014.

“A NOTAM (Notice to all airmen) of closure at 2300 UTC on Saturday, 5th of July, 2014 and reopening at 0500 UTC on Monday 7th of July, 2014, has already been issued at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Internatioal Airport, Abuja, notifying all airlines, sister agencies and critical stakeholders,” the statement by Mr. Yakubu Dati, Coordinating General Manager (Aviation Parastatals) said.

FAAN further said, “This facility upgrade, which is in line with ICAO requirements and NCAA approved safety and Standard and Recommended Practices (SARPs), will further elevate safety and security to greater heights.

“FAAN hereby apologizes for the inconvenience this temporary closure will cause air passengers and airline operators.”