Flight Resumption: FAAN To Carry Out Test Run On Approved Major Airports


Despite the uncertainty surrounding the June 21 reopening date of five major airports in the country, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has stated that it would carry out a test run on approved airports before reopening them for flight operations.

The Managing Director, FAAN, Captain Hamisu Yadudu, disclosed this at virtual conference with the theme, “Nigeria’s Aviation Industry: Changing Times, Changing Strategies” organised by the League of Airport and Aviation Correspondents (LAAC) , an umbrella body of the journalists reporting aviation .

He explained that the test run exercise is to ensure that the arrangements at these airports ahead of the June 21 resumption date is not only water tight but also confirm that it is in accordance with the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) checklists.

Speaking further , Yadudu stated that the test run would also help the authority to identify gaps and equally ensure that these gaps are fixed .

FAAN , he said has followed strictly the checklists made available to all stakeholders by the regulatory body, the NCAA ahead of flight resumption, adding that when FAAN is confident that everything have been put,NCAA and other stakeholders would be invited to witness the test run.

Stakeholders, the FAAN boss said should continue to work together in the implementation of the Protocols to prevent the spread of the COVID-19.

According to Yadudu, “Our protocols are out that we share to the stakeholders, even now our doors are opened for communication for more input if there are any because any document you develop there is no absolute document and there is no absolute response.

He continued, “A certain component of what we do is that it has to be retroactive for experience or for new information coming out, so no document is absolute right now, so we have a very good one that the airline Operators of Nigeria (AON) and stakeholders sent us a feedback that they are happy with it and we only have about one, two corrections but as work goes on if there is any element of correction for adaption from any stakeholder all our doors are opened.”

Speaking on the compliance level of airlines with the NCAA checklists, the Director General NCAA, Capt. Musa Nuhu stated that the compliance level stood at 70-75 per cent.

The NCAA DG , who was represented  at virtual conference by NCAA’s Director, Consumer Protection, Adamu Abdullahi said that some airlines have worked very hard to attain 90-95 per cent  compliance higher than others.

He added that a standing committee had been put in place by the office of the Directorate of Airspace Standards, have been inspecting the five airport  approved re-opening, stressing that the feedback from the committee has been encouraging .

According to him, “The airports have gone far in the social distancing marks, on the floors, separations; check in counters, toilets, still a lot of work still has to be done.”

“We are working with the airlines as regards separation of passengers and despite the fact that airlines would not and may not like it, all we are trying to ensure is that we don’t have a mass of passengers in the terminals,” he added.

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