Akanu Biam International Airport Enugu which was re-opened on the 16th of December 2010 after a 10-month closure for renovation and remodeling works welcomed its first international flight on the 24th of August 2014 amid great pomp and much fanfare under the supervision of controversial former Minister of Aviation, Princess Stella Oduah-Ogiemwonyi.
Barely 365 days after opening the tarmacs of the airport for international flights, passengers aboard a Med-View Airline flight from Lagos with flight number VL2116, were today treated to a rude shock when they were welcomed to a flooded tarmac after disembarking from the airplane. The apparently frustrated and weary passengers with trousers rolled and sleeves folded had to “waddle and paddle” through the flooded tarmac with luggage on head and shoulders to get “ashore”.
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This incident begs the question of whether the much celebrated “international” airport is an airport, seaport or a multi-purpose port. Next time you are at Enugu Airport, you may want to request for a boat, canoe or raft, but definitely not a trolley.