Kaduna Airport Ready For Int’l Operations As Abuja Airport Shuts Down On Wednesday

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The Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) say the Kaduna Airport is now set for international operations.

The Managing Director of FAAN, Mr. Saleh Dunoma, revealed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.

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According to him, the organisation has installed all safety equipment needed for the operation.

“All the things we need for international operations are on ground. What is important actually is the safety equipment for the landing of the aircraft.

“We have seen the runway is good, the Instrument Landing System (ILS) has been installed and the terminal building is ready.

“The contractor has been directed by the Acting President to redouble his effort so that the remaining items of work that are remaining should be completed before the commencement of the international operations in Kaduna.

“I think this is one of the luckiest airports; they have five generators as standby power supply. So we have more than enough.”

The Managing Director of NAMA, Fola Akinkuotu, also told NAN that once the Abuja Airport was closed, NAMA would deploy the mobile tower from the airport to Kaduna to complement what is already on ground.

He said that NAMA management had certified the capability of Kaduna Airport, adding that its engineers have done a good job on it.

“As far as this (Kaduna) airport is concerned, NAMA management, we are very satisfied that we have done a good job.

“At the inception of the project, the ILS (Instrument Landing System) was not accessible but as of today, I can tell you that not only have we installed a brand new ILS, we have also calibrated it.

“We have a calibration certificate from a UK concern. On the facilities for landing, like I said, the ILS which comprises the glide scope and localizer have been calibrated and they have been found satisfactory like 10 on 10.

“Apart from that, we also have the approach light that actually complement and make sure that they have the ILS.’’

The Minister of State, Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika had announced the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport will be closed from March 8 to April 9, to repair potholes that have damaged planes in recent months and that the Kaduna airport will be used as an alternative to the Abuja airport that would be closed for six weeks.

The aviation ministry said the planned six weeks of resurfacing work was needed because the runway, which was built in 1982 with a 20-year lifespan, was dilapidated and unsafe.

There have been several reports that potholes have damaged aircraft, prompting one international carrier to recently cancel its flights on the route.

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Meanwhile, the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has assured passengers of security ahead of the diversion of flights from the Nnamdi Azikwe Airport, Abuja to the Kaduna International Airport on Wednesday.

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