Nigerian Airports not ready for resumption of commercial flights — NCAA

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The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has said that the proposed reopening of airports for commercial flight operations may be delayed further as most of the planned guidelines set by the agency are yet to be met by most service providers at the airport.

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This was according to a  a data released by the NCAA to newsmen, only Murtala Muhammed Airport Terminal 2 (MMA2), which is among the airports selected for reopening by the agency has met with the requirement for reopening with 82% compliance.

The NCAA lamented that the average level of preparedness for the other 6 selected airports listed for reopening stood at 57.83% with General Aviation Terminal (GAT) Lagos scoring 60%; Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, 67%; Omagwa International Airport, Port Harcourt, 35%; Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport Abuja, 28%; Sam Mbakwe Airport, Owerri and Victor Attah Airport 60%.

Earlier, the NCAA had listed five airports to resume domestic flight operations in the country on June 21st.

Also, officials of the Federal Ministry of Aviation and the NCAA stated that the airworthiness of about six airlines did not automatically mean that the carriers had been cleared to start transporting travellers within Nigeria.

It was gathered that the decision to resume commercial flight operations on June 21 was rescinded because the aviation sector was not ready yet.

The General Manager, Public Relations Department, NCAA, Sam Adurogboye, said that the regulator was still engaging operators in the sector, as there were still issues that must be sorted out before flights resume.

Adurogboye, however, noted that the issue at the moment was not about who had been cleared or not, rather the focus was on being fully ready for flight resumption within Nigeria.

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