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New Lagos, Kano, Enugu airport terminals for inauguration Wednesday – FAAN

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The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has said the new international terminals in Lagos, Kano and Enugu will be ready for inauguration latest Wednesday, January 20, 2021.

Managing Director of FAAN, Captain Rabiu Yadudu, disclosed this during an interview, even as he hinted of plans to transform the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos, into a hub as part of strategies to make the airport operate efficiently.

He stressed the need to link the old and new terminals as well as the international and domestic terminals to improve transition around the airport.

Yadudu said, “That is an important consideration for us. To have a hub to operate it efficiently, you need this connectivity. We already have a committee to have this; and part of the success of that committee is that we have a linkage between the old and the new terminals, it was completed last week. It is not commissioned because the terminal itself is not yet commissioned.

“We have a proper linkage now between the old and the new buildings and talking about connectivity between the international and domestic terminals, we are working with government. We have designs for the most suitable ways to achieve the connectivity, buses and even a light rail proposals; but right now, we are at the development and planning stage.”

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Customs threatens to impound unverified private jets July 6

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Nigeria Customs Service has threatened to impound private aircraft found to be unverified by the Federal Government’s agency as from July 6.

The Customs had earlier given the aircraft owners a 30-day importation verification deadline, ending on July 6.

Public Relations Officer of the Customs, Deputy Comptroller Joseph Attah, said at a briefing in Abuja on Monday that so far, only six owners of private aircraft had responded to the invitation since the verification window opened on June 7, 2021.

“The Service believes that owners of private aircraft are highly-placed individuals who would be willing to comply with extant laws of the land governing importation of the aircraft they own, this includes payments of all appropriate duties and taxes,” he said.

Attah also told owners of private aircraft or their representatives to report to the Customs headquarters in Abuja before July 6, with the necessary documents for the verification.

He listed the required documents as Aircraft Certificate of Registration, NCAA’s Flight Operations Compliance Certificate (FOCC), NCAA’s Maintenance Compliance Certificate (MCC), NCAA’s Permit for non-Commercial Flights (PNCF) and Temporary Import Permit (TIP), where applicable.

He also said there were indications that some people brought in aircraft under the Temporary Import Permit (PIP).

“The period for such temporary importation for some of the aircraft has expired and they have neither renewed nor re-exported the aircraft in line with extant laws governing that in Nigeria. At the end of the verification, some of the things we are suspecting will come to light and we will make further details known.

“As agency of government responsible for enforcement of laws governing imports and exports in Nigeria, the NCS will not hesitate to invoke appropriate sanctions on any defaulting private aircraft owner immediately after the expiration of the verification period on Tuesday July 6, 2021.”

Attah said the essence of the audit was to ensure that all aircraft privately owned in the country were properly imported and cleared with all appropriate taxes paid.

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Rains: NiMet warns of severe turbulence, flight cancellations

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The Director-General, Nigeria Meteorological Agency (NiMet), Prof. Mansur Matazu, has said airlines will encounter severe turbulence, flight delays and cancellations during rainfall.
He therefore called on pilots and airline managements to adhere to the weather forecast as the likely severe turbulence could cause discomfort, injury to passengers, instability and even loss of control for small aircraft.
Matazu was quoted in a statement on Friday as saying, “Heavy rains could also lead to skidding of aeroplanes due to surface wetness and impaired horizontal visibility.
“Thunderstorms could also lead to accidents, incidents, flight delays, flight cancellation, death, damage among others.
“Windshear could lead to accidents, incidents, aircraft nosedive, discomfort, aircraft lost control and death.”
The NiMet boss urged airline operators to take weather forecast seriously, stating the turbulence usually would cause poor visibility.
He also called on passengers to be patient with the airlines as flight delays, flight cancellations and flight diversion will be experienced within this period.

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FAAN moves for safer flights, installs birds control equipment

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The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria has installed birds control equipment at the airports in a move to improve safety of flights in the country.

The new facilities, according to a statement by the spokesperson for the authority, Mrs Henrietta Yakubu, were inaugurated last week.

She gave a list of the equipment as three different models of bird scaring gas canons; day boxes for carrying pyrotechnics during operations for safety; 15,000 rounds of 12G (heavy-calibre bird scaring pyrotechnics); hi-tech bird laser; personal protective equipment for workers dealing with wildlife; purpose-built TYPE IV explosive storage magazine and brand new Hilux jeep for runway wildlife patrol.

The installation started with the Murtala Muhammed International Airport considered the busiest airport in the country, which recently experienced some bird strikes resorting in flight abortion.

FAAN said the equipment would usher in an era of safe flight operations, as incidents relating to birds strikes would be mitigated.

At an event held at FAAN’s headquarters annex in Lagos, the Managing Director of FAAN,  Captain Rabiu Yadudu, who was represented by the Director of Commercial and Business Development, Alhaji Sadiku Rafindadi, said that the facilities were some of the best around.

He said the authority procured them on the recommendation of the International Civil Aviation Organisation.

FAAN Director of Airport Operations, Captain Muktar Muye, expressed his delight at the arrival of the equipment.

He noted that what was being commissioned was not just the equipment but a complete package that also included the recommended storage facility, patrol vehicle and trained personnel in line with ICAO/Standards and Recommended Practices.

The highpoint of the event was a practical demonstration of the use of some of the equipment by the representative of the MD/CE and the Director of Airport Operations.

Also in attendance were the General Managers; Operations, Mrs Olajumoke Oni; Environment, Mr Nehemiah Auta; Special Duties, Mr Kabiru Muhammed; Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting Service, Mr John Ekpe; Regional General Manager, South West, Mrs Victoria Shin-Aba; representative of the GM Corporate Affairs, Mrs Christabel Eromosele; Chief of Staff to MD/CE, Mr Lawal Abdullahi and others.

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