FAAN begins airfield lightening, prepares for security audit

Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria

Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria

The Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has begun the installation of airfield lightning at 13 airports to reduce cancellation of domestic flights caused by poor visibility at runways.

This is coming just as the agency has assured of it readiness to face the forthcoming International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) audit with the hope to scale through successfully. The Managing Director of FAAN, Saleh Dunoma made this remark during a recent inspection tour of facilities at the Murtala Muhammed Airport in preparation for the exercise.

The Guardian reliably gathered that the installation which includes replacement of dead bulbs and improved airfield lightning would reduce complaints by domestic airlines that they were losing millions of naira daily over inability of aircraft to land at airports in the night.

FAAN’s General Manager Public Affairs, Yakubu Dati said the move to fix airport infrastructure is also in compliance with the requirement of the International Civil Aviation Organization and to enhance landing and takeoff of aircraft even at night or low visibility occasioned by negative weather conditions.

In pursuit of safety and security at the airport, Dunoma inspected the newly acquired security patrol vehicles and also the Fire Service vans to ensure that they meet required standards.

He also inspected the new fully equipped ambulance, resuscitation bay and observation towers which has been given a face lift.

Meanwhile, the General Manager Corporate Communications, Mr Yakubu Dati has disclosed earlier that the authority has undergone what looked like a mock exercise towards the audit, conducted by the Airport Council International (ACI) team during it visit to the country last year.

According to him, ACI team during the visit to facilities at the airport, some areas that are identified, will be attended to before the audit date, adding that the country will scale through, as the authority has done everything possible to ensure that the country does not fail.

In a related development, Dati disclosed that the multi-storey car park under construction at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport Lagos would accommodate over 1,500 vehicles.

The project being constructed under Public Private Partnership by a concessionaire would be completed by the end of this year to complement other facilities at the airport.

According to Dati, the car park was conceived to improve facilitation at the airport where a new international terminal is under construction with the attendant increase in passenger and cargo traffic.

Speaking after a tour of facilities at the Lagos airport, he stated that efforts were on going to train personnel that would work at the new terminal to familiarize themselves with the new technology to be installed.

He added that a link bridge would be constructed to connect the old international terminal with the new complex to make it easy for passengers to process their arrival and departure papers.

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