The Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Nigeria's capital, Abuja, will close its doors for 6 weeks to enable the smooth flow of repairs and rehabilitation during the period.
The announcement was made by minister of state for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, on Monday who says the closedown will take place between February and March 2017 although further rehabilitation continues in coming months.
"From start to finish of the runway, it will take six months. However, we will be using the runway almost throughout the period except for about six weeks when the runway will be closed.
"That is when we are going to do the mid-section of the runway.
"The government has accepted the design done by the contractor. The runway will last for than 10 years on completion early next year.