NCAA Alerts Passengers On Adverse Weather Condition

 

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has called on passengers to exercise restraint during adverse weather which may hamper their travel plans.

This advice is important due to the spate of delays and cancellations occasioned by inclement weather en route most of the nation’s airports.

An online statement signed by the General Manager, Public Affairs, Mr. Sam Adurogboye explained that during the week, most parts of the country witnessed adverse weather conditions which prevented most scheduled and non-scheduled flights from providing services.

Earlier,NCAA had issued a Weather Alert Circular to all pilots and airline operators on the impending adverse weather.

The circular forewarned  operators on the inherent danger associated with harmattan dust haze as regards flight operations at this time of the year.

NCAA said that prevailing weather condition is likely to herald a long and severe dust haze in the months ahead, adding that during this period, air- to – ground visibility may be considerably reduced due to the dust haze.

In addition, NCAA said that aerodrome visibility may fall below the prescribed minima due to the severe conditions and that dust haze can blot runways, the markings and airfield lightings over wide areas.

These make visual navigation extremely difficult or impossible.

The regulatory body explained that under these kinds of adverse conditions air travel is bound to suffer delays and cancellations.

“Passengers are therefore advised to exercise restraint when their travels suffer these fates. Pilots are merely observing what is contained in the departure, en route and destination weather which might sometimes necessitate outright cancellation,”the NCAA said

It continued, “When these happen, the airline and the pilots are strictly adhering to the Standard and Recommended Practices (SARPs).”

However, NCAA said that operating airlines are expected to share as much information as possible with passengers on the progress of their respective flights in line with the Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulations (Nig.CARs) 2015 Part 19.

NCAA advice passengers to cooperate with the airlines as safety of lives and security cannot be compromised.

 

 

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