Friday 18 January 2013

FAAN gives 1 Week ultimatum for evacuation of abandoned aircraft

Aviation Nigeria

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, this he pointed constituted a threat to security and safety at the airports.

Omoegwu gave the order on Thursday while leading aviation correspondents on an assessment tour of Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos.

Listing some airports where these aircrafts were situated to include Abuja, Enugu, Kano, Kaduna and Owerri, the director said that this was the last warning for those affected to remove the aircraft.

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.

Omoegwu who is also the  Abandoned Aircraft Committee, has said that no less than 65 aircrafts which range from Fokker 28, Embraer 100 to Boeing 727 and 737 may be due for evacuation and possibly recycling by contracted companies.

Conducting journalists round the Murtala Mohammed Airport, Lagos, where no fewer than 13 of the 65 abandoned aircraft are scattered, Omeogu said the contractor engaged to evacuate them would move to site next week to commence the exercise.

He, however, explained that some of the operators, like Space World, Capital Airlines and others had already given the agency the go-ahead to evacuate their airplanes.

Some of the airplanes he noted have been lying around for close to ten years, other were seized for transporting contraband, and some plane had go-aheads from their owners to proceed with the evacuation.

FAAN said there was no going back on the planned evacuation of the abandoned airplanes from the 
various airports, stressing that they constituted safety and security hazards to the travelling public.


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