FG Airports Have Approach, Landing Aids – NAMA

FG Airports Have Approach, Landing Aids - NAMA

FG Airports Have Approach, Landing Aids – NAMA

FG Airports Have Approach, Landing Aids – NAMA

According to the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency, navigational aids have been approached and landed at every airport in Nigeria operated by the federal and state governments.

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It stated that satellite performance-based navigation protocols were also in place, allowing aircraft to fly into these airports at any time of day.

At the League of Airport and Aviation Correspondents’ 26th annual conference in Lagos, the acting managing director of NAMA, Matthew Pwajok, revealed this.

He said the idea of tagging some airports in the country as ‘sunrise’ or ‘sunset airports’ was misplaced.

FG Airports Have Approach, Landing Aids – NAMA

This, he said, was because almost all airports in Nigeria had instrument landing facilities for approach and landing, which meant that they were operating based on Instrument Flight Rules.

Pwajok said the airports were not operating based on Visual Flight Rules where pilots were required to visually approach and land from sunrise to sunset time.

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The NAMA boss said, “Apart from one or two private aerodromes, all federal and state government-owned airports managed by NAMA are equipped with Instrument Landing System.

“The exception is where they are temporarily unserviceable or the runway and approach lights are unserviceable, but nevertheless you cannot refer to them as sunrise or sunset airports.

FG Airports Have Approach, Landing Aids – NAMA

“Apart from Owerri and Calabar where the agency is working to install Category II Instrument Landing Systems, and Jalingo which has no ILS for now, basically all airports in Nigeria have a minimum of CAT II ILS, most of which were installed brand new. So there is nothing like obsolete navigational facilities.”

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Pwajok stated that in a bid to tackle visibility issues in some airports during adverse weather, the agency commenced the implementation of Category III ILS in Abuja and Lagos airports, while those of Katsina, Kano and Port Harcourt were being installed and would be ready before the end of 2022.

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