Capt. Henry Omoegwu, Director, Airport Operations, Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), has given owners of abandoned aircraft in Nigeria’s airports one week to remove them.
Omoegwu gave the order on Thursday while leading aviation
correspondents on an assessment tour of Murtala Muhammed International
Airport (MMIA), Lagos.
He said the abandoned aircraft constituted a threat to security and safety at the airports.
The director said that this was the last warning for those affected to remove the aircraft.
Omoegwu listed the airports where the aircraft were as Abuja, Owerri, Enugu, Kano, Kaduna, Benin and Port Harcourt.
He said that FAAN would not create a `graveyard` at the airports for the aircraft but would cannibalise and take them away.
The director said that some of the owners had already given FAAN the authority to take the aircraft away.
“Since some of the operators are no longer in business, it has become imperative to evacuate the aircraft out of the apron area.
“Failure to do that, will serve as an impediment to the ongoing expansion of the airports.
“We have given statutory notices to the owners of the aircraft to
take them away because they are eating up the space at the airport,“ he
Owners of some of the aircraft at MMIA include Omar Air, NICON
Airways, Bellview Airlines, Spaceworld International Airlines, DASAB
Air, IRS Airlines, Capital Airlines, Sosoliso and Albarka Air. (NAN)