The Federal Government of Nigeria has finally closed the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja for much maintenance and repairs. Hopefully, it will be reopened on April 19th.
Although quite a number of Nigerians and foreigners have expressed reservations about the closure, the safety of passengers should be the ultimate concern. Hence, the Federal Government has no choice than to shut down the airport.
Expectedly, the FG has made arrangements to ferry passengers to Abuja. So, if you have anything to do in Abuja, Jumia Travel, the leading online booking agency shares ways to deal with the closure of Abuja airport.
Let your mind be at rest
The main concern of travelers and tourists about Kaduna is security due to recent events in the city. However, the Federal Government has assured passengers that they don’t need to worry about their security.
The distance from Kaduna Airport to Abuja Airport by road according to Google map is 242.6 km (3h9m). Different security apparatus will be on the way all through your trip. So, let your mind be at rest and believe that nothing will happen. Kaduna has always been a safe and secure city.
Reduce your luggage
If you are traveling to Abuja for now, you should reduce the amount of luggage you carry. The stress of getting your luggage at Kaduna airport, then loading them into the bus coupled with the 3-hour travel can be unbearable.
To cope with this, you should only carry essential items. Doing this will stop you from paying anyone to carry your luggage.
Make your own transport arrangement
You can also make your travel arrangement from Kaduna to Abuja. It is not compulsory to go with the buses provided by the government.
So, if you have a friend who is familiar with the Kaduna to Abuja route, put a call through to him to pick you up at the Kaduna airport.
Travel by road
Some travelers may not be too disposed to fly to Kaduna en route Abuja. Then, your best option is to travel straight to Abuja via road. It is even cheaper to travel via road than flying. But, safety is always a major worry.
Avoid evening travel
You won’t like to be on the Kaduna road in the evening or wee hours of the night traveling to Abuja. Even if you get to Kaduna airport in the evening, delay your travel until the next day and spend that evening in a hotel.
Book a hotel close to Abuja Airport
You should book a hotel close to the airport to reduce the stress of arriving at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport and then you start another journey to your hotel.
If you don’t know which hotel to book, Jumia Travel can conveniently help you search for hotels near Abuja airport.
Adeniyi Ogunfowoke works at Jumia Travels, Lagos.
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