Indigenous carrier, Air Peace, has commended the Federal Government for reviewing the Operating Weather Minima in 18 airports in the country.
The review was carried out by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), in conjunction with the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA).
Weather minima are the worst weather conditions under which aviation operations may be conducted under either visual or instrument flight rules.
The aerodromes where the operating minima and take-off minima have been reviewed are Lagos, Abuja, Kano, Port Harcourt, Calabar, Dutse, Eket and Enugu. Others are Gombe, Ilorin, Kaduna, Katsina, Kebbi, Owerri, Sokoto, Uyo, Yola and Zaria.
The airline’s Communications Manager, Mr Chris Iwarah, who gave the commendation, Tuesday in Lagos, said that the review was a good development because of the problems caused by low visibility during the harmattan season.
“We must commend them for the review. The airline operators had a difficult time in December because we could not operate our scheduled flights due to adverse weather. So, what they have done is to ensure that we don’t face similar situation next time.
“On our part, we are ready to upgrade our equipment and give the prerequisite training to our pilots to enable them to operate under the Instrument Landing Systems (ILS Cat II) Approach and Landing Minima,” he said.
Iwarah said that all hands must be on deck for the implementation of the review as soon as possible in order to reduce cases of flight delays and cancellations due to bad weather.