Thursday, 29 December 2016

Nigeria's Aviation News Headlines for Thursday December 29, 2016

Airline Operators Decry Poor State of NavAids, Flight Cancellations

Airline operators blame poor navigational aids for landing problems

Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON) yesterday expressed disappointment and displeasure at the deplorable state of Navigational Aids at airports around the country which makes flying in the Nigerian airspace virtually impossible during the harmattan season.
AON lamented the increasing sufferings of passengers and distruption of operators’ schedules and plans for the yuletide season due to flight cancellations.
Chairman of the union, Capt. Nogie Meggison who made its position known yesterday at his Lagos office noted that exactly 48 years on December 28, 1968, the first aircraft operated at CAT lll and landed in zero visibility at Heathrow Airport,  while it is still impossible  to land aircraft with visibility of about 800m in Nigeria.

Harmattan Haze: Airlines Return to Normal Schedule as Visibility Improves


Local and international airlines have returned to their normal schedules as the harmattan haze that disrupted their operations, especially in northern airports for days running, has begun to clear, paving way for improved visibility.

Checks by Daily Sun, yesterday evening, showed that flights departed on schedule, except for local operators that had other challenges.
Virtually all flights to the north were successfully operated, a development that gladdened air travellers.
Maiduguri reported a visibility of 1.5 km or 1,500 metres yesterday and had flights operated into its airport.
Airline staff said Sokoto, Kebbi and Yola also had good visibilities for flight operations.
Weather alert from the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) for December 26 indicated that most parts of the central cities like Abuja, Minna, Bida, Lafia, Jos, Makurdi, Lokoja, Akure, Owerri, Port Harcourt, and Ilorin would experience thick dust haze with visibilities expected to be around 1,000 metres and could plunge lower in the next 10hours or less from time of issuance.

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