FAAN, NCAA Officials Inspect Enugu Airport Runway

* Akanu Ibiam Airport, Enugu * Pix source : Premium Times Nigeria

 

… Say Facility Safe, Up To Standard

…Give Enugu State Govt. Conditions To Operate Beyond 6.30pM

..Urge State Authority To Relocate Market,School

 

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) have said that the runway at Akanu Ibiam International Airport is not only safe but that it is also in accordance with international standard.

They stated this shortly after inspecting the runway.

The duo also gave the Enugu State Government conditions that should be met before the airlines can operate flights in and out of the facility beyond 6:30pm in the evenings.

A delegation from FAAN and the NCAA visited Enugu Airport after the Governors from South East comprising Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo few days ago expressed dissatisfaction with the state of the airport, which they described as deplorable.

The governors had called for the rehabilitation of the runway and the lighting system, urging the Federal Government to address the situation.

Speaking in Enugu, the Director General of the NCAA, Capt. Usman Mukhar, who gave the runway a clean bill of health, added that apart from constant maintenance the runway was still safe and of world standard.

According to him, “The runway is of standard in terms of safety, we came here by air, landed safely. Except for the runway quality which a lot can be done to improve on. We need to do short term maintenance to ensure this is maintained to ensure a longer lifespan. The runway is safe Ethiopia comes at least three times in a week, they come and land, same runway. A Boeing 777-200 series has been coming so generally speaking the runway is safe, very safe. However, it lies with government policy to ensure that whatever is done is done in international standard and done properly to ensure we rehabilitate the runway.”

He also explained to the Enugu government that for the airport to be certified to do night operations, the state government needs to remove all obstructions on the path of the runway, as according to him the equipment have been procured.

The NCAA boss told the state government the market and the Methodist School, were too close to the runway.

On his part, the Managing director of FAAN, Engineer Saleh Dunoma, who went with a team  of engineers to  Enugu to do an on the spot analysis of the state of the airport, inspected  the runway and approach lights, assured that the airport authority was going to fix any challenges as soon as possible.

Dunoma was represented by the Director of Engineering, FAAN, Salisu Daura..

He also pointed out that there was a challenge with some structures blocking areas, where projects would be sited especially the market situated by the runway and that FAAN would need the collaboration of the Enugu State government to relocate the market for there to be space.

According to Daura, the installation of Instrument Landing Systems (ILS) and Air Field Lightning(AFL) were germane and have been considered and a clear distance of 1 kilometre from the runway is required to carry out the installation of the lighting.

On water, Daura said that if the state government clears the illegal structures, to make way, FAAN will construct a dam and get water down to the terminal building because of international flight.

 

 

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