It is some kind of boom time for operators of helicopters as far as the closure of Abuja Airport is concerned, a report has claimed.
Beginning from midnight today, the airport will be closed as repairs of its runway which will last for six weeks commences.
Following the closure, Abuja-bound flights will be diverted to Kaduna Airport.
Guardian reports that on account of this, helicopter service operators have started deploying charter and shuttle service helicopters for different categories of people and pockets, on various routes inwards Abuja.
The paper said the shuttle service ranges between N100, 000 to N200, 000 per head, depending on the boarding location and time of booking.
It said a direct helicopter shuttle service from Lagos to Abuja now goes for between N150, 000 to N200, 000 per head, adding that Kaduna-Abuja or Minna-Abuja route costs between N50, 000 to N100, 000.
The report said charter services for the corporate bodies and the very rich are priced in millions of naira.
It quoted the Managing Director of Omni-Blu Aviation, Capt. Sunny Adegbuyi as saying that at least two helicopters belonging to the company have been deployed for the operations.