By the end of today the capital of Africa’s most populous nation will be without a functioning airport.
The Nigerian government ordered the closure of Abuja’s airport to carry out an upgrade on the runway, which is 15 years overdue.
Last year, a South African Airways jet was damaged when landing on the potholed tarmac.
In the next few hours, the last plane will be landing in the Nigerian capital for at least six weeks.
Instead passengers will be rerouted to a tiny airport in the city of Kaduna.
They then face travelling along a road notorious for kidnappings.
Despite government assurances of beefed-up security many Nigerian travellers are worried.
Most international airlines – including British Airways – are not flying into Kaduna apparently out of security concerns.