Bujumbura International Airport Closure


Bujumbura International Airport Closure

Niamh McNamara | - 05/14/2015
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Bujumbura International Airport Closure: Bujumbura International Airport is closed with no landing or take off and all operations are suspended until further notice.

The Bujumbura Civil Aviation Authority has confirmed that Burundi’s main airport will remain out of commission for the foreseeable future and there is currently a dense military presence at the airport.

Presently, the Director General of BCAA and other high ranking officials are at the airport, and it is being manned by staff who have been on site since yesterday.

It’s also being reported that official personnel outside cannot access the airport.

International reports indicate that protestors gathered at the airport yesterday to prevent the Presidential aircraft from landing, a result of a military coup that was declared yesterday.

This follows unrest and anti-government demonstrations in the capital, at least 20 anti-President Pierre Nkurunziza protestors have been killed in street clashes with security forces over the past two weeks.