Flight operations have resumed at the Port Harcourt International Airport 24 hours after it was shut down following the near-plane crash of the Air Peace Boeing 737 aircraft on Saturday.
The Air Peace aircraft was said to have skidded off the runway while landing but was quickly controlled. According to reports, the aircraft flew in from Abuja Airport and on board were 93 passengers and 6 crew members.
Fortunately, no one was hurt, but the airport was temporarily shut down and urgent flights were diverted to the Nigerian Air Force [NAF] for urgent assistance. Meanwhile, some passengers registered under Lufthansa airlines scheduled to leave that day, cancelled their flights and lodged in a hotel nearby.
Fresh reports suggest that the local airline in Port Harcourt has now been re-opened for full operations after just 24 hours. This was confirmed to the public and press in a statement made by the General Manager, Corporate Communications, FAAN, Mr Henrietta Yakubu, on Sunday.
"The Port Harcourt International Airport runway has been cleared and the airport is now reopened for normal flight operations. The Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) has issued a Notice To Airmen (NOTAM) to that effect in line with standards and recommended practice,” he said.