The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, said it had begun installation of airfield lighting at 13 airports across the country.
FAAN also disclosed that it was collaborating with the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency, NAMA, to ensure that all critical navigational and landing aids are provided for at the airports.
The agency said work had already reached advanced stages in many of the airports where the airfield lighting are being installed.
Speaking to journalists yesterday in Lagos, the General Manager, Corporate Communications, FAAN, Mr. Yakubu Dati, disclosed that one of such airports, Margret Ekpo International Airport, Calabar was test-run last week by the authority, adding that it has since been working perfectly while others have reached advanced stages of completion.
Dati explained that FAAN has taken provision of critical equipment on the airside of all its airports as a priority, stressing that this would further enhance landing and take-off of flights.
He hinted that while it continues to work on the rehabilitation and expansion of airport terminal facilities, it has now focused on providing landing aids, not only to meet the conditions for the certification of nation’s airports, but to enable flights take-off and land in low visibility occasioned by adverse weather situations.
He said, “In order to urgently install all the necessary landing aids, FAAN and NAMA are collaborating with the International Civil Aviation Organisation, ICAO, to ensure that the provision of airside facilities meet given international standards.
“I believe by the time we complete the installation of runway lights in these 13 airports, flight cancellations due to poor visibility will reduce to the barest minimum and airlines can fly to these airports at night. This is our focus and we are working hard to ensure we meet the expectation of our airlines.
“Some of the airports already have airfield lighting, but we need to replace dead bulbs, which we have almost completed. We decided to concentrate on airport development on runway and provision of airfield lighting and bulbs to enhance safety.”
He further disclosed that FAAN was currently certifying the airports and working assiduously to conclude everything by end of February in order to prepare for ICAO audit, which would be coming up in March.
Recently the regional representative of ICAO, Albert Taylor commended the efforts FAAN and other aviation agencies for ensuring that safety critical equipment were provided at the airside of the nation’s airports, especially the four international airports in Lagos, Kano, Port Harcourt and Abuja.