- Airplanes that operate in and into Nigeria will start landing at two of the country’s busiest international airports during periods of poor visibility from February 2019
- The airports currently have the Category Two Instrument Landing System but are being upgraded to Category Three
- The landing system would be installed in the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, and the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, for now; and in the Kano airport afterwards
The Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) has disclosed that beginning from February 2019, airplanes that operate in and into Nigeria will start landing at two of the country’s busiest international airports during periods of poor visibility.
The disclosure was made by the agency's managing director, Captain Fola Akinkuotu, during an interview in Abuja, Punch reports.
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Legit.ng gathers that Akinkuotu said from the first quarter of 2019, the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, and the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, would be capable of receiving airplanes during periods of poor visibility.
He said: “We are close to achieving a higher level of landing navigational aid in Abuja. Except for some bureaucratic bottlenecks, we should have had a CAT-3 (Category Three) landing system here which will improve our capability to land airplanes under very poor visibility.
“And I mean under very poor visibility - atmospheric condition that is poorer than what we have right now.”
Akinkuotu said the airports currently had the Category Two Instrument Landing System but explained that it was being upgraded to Category Three, which would enable aircraft to land even in near-zero visibility.
He added: “The category is not a category for the runway but a category for the landing navigational aid. As it is right now, we have the Instrument Landing System Category Two, which allows us to fly at some reduced visibility and to be able to fly lower than a Category 1 Instrument Landing System.
“Approval has been given, contracts have been awarded, construction has started for the installation of the Category Three Instrument Landing System.
"We had anticipated having it, but except for some bureaucratic bottlenecks, it should have been completed by now. However, I believe that before the end of January, it should be ready and I’ll let you know.”
Akinkuotu was further asked about the number of airports in which the landing system would be installed. He said: “Initially, we are planning for two, Lagos and Abuja, and the next one, of course, will be Kano. But for now, we are looking at Lagos and Abuja airports. This, however, will be followed very closely by the Kano airport.”
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Recall that Legit.ng previously reported that some domestic and international airlines delayed or cancelled flights at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, due to adverse weather conditions.
The affected flights involved were Air Peace, Dana Air, Arik Air, Azman and Air France.
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