The federal government, through the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) yesterday, granted approval to the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) for the reopening of the Benin Airport and the Yakubu Gowon Airport, Jos after both satisfactorily fulfilled most of the requirements on Post COVID-19 Restart guidelines and health protocols.
In separate letters signed by the Director General of the NCAA, Captain Musa Nuhu dated 24 July 2020 with reference NCAA /DG/AIR/11/16/217 and NCAA /DG/AIR/11/16/216 respectively to the FAAN Managing Director stressed that all standards and protocols applied to the above airports shall be implemented in other airports operated by FAAN for authorisation by NCAA for the resumption of operations.
The letter titled: “Restart Plan Approval” read, “following the federal government’s shutdown of the nation’s airports and airspace to all flights with the exception of essential and emergency flights due the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) issued several All Operators Letter (AOL) and Advisory Circulars providing guidelines, protocols and requirements for all sectors of the aviation industry”.
An All Operators Letter of 18th May 2020 with ref: NCAA/DG/GC/8/16/302 and Advisory Circulars NCAA-AC-ARD 007-1 and NCAA-AC-AMS-002 as amended were issued giving comprehensive guidelines and details of the requirements covering all functions and areas for compliance by all aerodrome operators for authorisation by NCAA for the resumption of airport operations.
“Therefore, having satisfactorily fulfilled most of the requirements of the All Operators Letter of 18th May 2020 with ref: NCAADG/GC/8/16/302 and Advisory Circulars: NCAA-AC-ADR-007 and NCAA-AC-AMS-002 as amended on Post COVID-19 Restart Guidelines and Health Protocols, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria is hereby authorised to resume normal operations at Benin Airport, Benin”.
“Kindly note all standards and protocols applied to the above airports shall be implemented in other airports operated by FAAN for authorization by NCAA for the resumption of operations.