Travel Alert: Abuja Airport Closure

15 Feb 2017

Abuja’s Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport (ABV) in Nigeria’s capital city, is scheduled for temporary closure from the 8th of March for approximately 7 weeks. This scheduled closure is due to upgrades to the existing runway as well as the building of a new second runway.

South African Airways (SAA), British Airways (BA), Lufthansa (LH) and Air France (AF) have suspended all flights to and from ABV for that time period. Ethiopian Airlines (ET) has not yet confirmed whether it will cancel or redirect flights.

Passengers who have already booked SAA flights and those planning to travel to Nigeria over this time are advised that they will be re-accommodated on flight SA060 from Johannesburg to Lagos and return flight SA061. SAA have advised that those passengers who have rebooked on an SAA flight to Lagos will need to find their own way to and from Abuja at their own cost.

Passengers already booked on SAA flights to Abuja for this period also have the option to reschedule for a later date once the repairs have been completed or alternatively request a full refund. According to SAA, all affected tickets must be reissued before 24 February.

BA has said that passengers who are due to fly to and from ABV during this period can request a full refund. BA has also offered these passengers the option to rebook tickets or the option to travel to and from Lagos or Accra.

For any questions or concerns about travel to Nigeria over the specified period please contact your dedicated travel manager.