FAAN clarifies deleted Tweet on Lagos Int’l Airport runway, says closure temporary for repairs, flights ongoing

Lagos airport runway

THE Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has clarified its deleted tweet on the “temporary” closure of an “aspect” of the runway at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) in the Ikeja are of Lagos State.

FAAN spokesperson, Faithful Hope-Ivbaze, in a telephone interview with Channels Television on Monday, said only an aspect of the runway is closed for repairs and flight operations are not disrupted.

In a now-deleted tweet on its official handle, @FAAN_Official, on Monday, the airport managers said, “This is to notify the public that runway 18R/36L of the Murtala Muhammed Int’l Airport, Lagos has been closed for 8 weeks for Maintenance work to carried out. Taxi way B-18L will be used for all flight operations.”

FAAN subsequently deleted the tweet shortly after it was posted.

Channels Television contacted the spokesperson for the Authority (Hope-Ivbaze) to make clarification on the deleted tweet.

“It is just one aspect of it that is closed for repairs; it is not entirely closed please; flight operations are not disrupted,” she said.

“The correct information is that the runway is just closed temporarily for repairs and flight disruptions are not part of this closure at all; flights are still going on internationally.”