After a 24-hour partial shutdown of Ilorin International Airport runway, normal flight operations resumed on Sunday with large crowd of passengers at the airport, Daily Trust can report.
The airport was temporarily shut from Friday morning when an Air Peace B737-500 plane from Abuja suffered a burst tyre while landing at the airport on Friday morning.
This led to the closure of the airport pending the evacuation of the aircraft while other airlines had to cancel their flights.
The aircraft was evacuated on Saturday afternoon while the airport was reopened for flight operations.
On Sunday morning, the airport was filled to capacity with passengers whose flights have been rescheduled since Friday.
The Air Peace flight from Lagos arrived the airport on schedule by 7:30 a.m and was boarding the Abuja-bound passengers at the time of filing this report.
Correspondents observed an unusual large turnout of passengers at the departure hall of the airport.
An airport official attributed the large crowd to the flight cancellations in the previous days as airlines had rescheduled the flights which were hitherto cancelled due to the runway shutdown.