The Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Captain Musa Nuhu, has advanced reasons most Nigeria’s airports are restricted to sunrise – sunset flight operations.
Recall that only Lagos, Abuja, Kano and Port Harcourt airports operate beyond the day and into the night including all day round.
Nuhu gave the reason others don’t do same at the 26th conference of League of Airports and Aviation Correspondents held in Lagos, themed: “Sunset Airports: Economic and Safety Implications,” where the Director of Airports and Aerodrome Standard, Capt. Tayib Odunowo represented him.
Odunowo said others’ inability to operate 24-hour was manifold.
This he said, included insecurity, inadequate infrastructure, airports poor financial outlays, inadequate Airport and ANS Infrastructure; traffic level; airline capacity among others.
He disclosed that Nigeria needs over N1.5 trillion Naira or 5 billion US dollars to fix the airport infrastructure gap in the country, quoting the African Development Bank (2019) report.
According to him, “There are issues involving fire cover, primary and secondary power sources, provision of communication, navigation and surveillance aids, automatic weather stations and now-casting equipment among others.
“The challenges can be addressed by developing Air Navigation Services (ANS); Airport infrastructure; developing Ancillary Infrastructure; Aerotropolis and others.”