The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) says it is redoubling efforts to ensure poor visibility do not lead to flights’ cancellation at the nation’s airports.
Towards this end, FAAN says it is working in concert with the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) to provide critical navigational aids and equipment at the nation’s airports to enable smooth landing and take-off of aircraft even during harmattan haze.
It would be recalled that airline operators under the aegis of Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON), said that more than 50 per cent of flights were cancelled while over 80 per cent were delayed due to poor visibility occasioned by the harmattan haze in recent times.
Reacting to the claim, General Manager, Corporate Communications of FAAN, Yakubu Dati said that the authority has risen to the occasion by working with NAMA to ensure that all critical navigational and landing aids are provided at the airports.
He told Sunday Trust that FAAN had commenced the installation of airfield lighting at 13 airports across the country with that of Margret Ekpo International Airport, Calabar, test-run last week.
According to Dati, while that of Calabar is working perfectly, others have reached advanced stages of completion.