FAAN Restrict Drivers To Pick Up Arriving Passengers Only At Car Parks

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The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) on Monday announced that drivers are prohibited from picking up passengers at the frontage of airport terminals but are to pick them up only at car parks.

This was disclosed in a statement on Monday by the General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Henrietta Yakubu.

Yakubu in the statement said drivers must park and wait inside the car parks while arriving passengers walk down to the car parks to board their vehicles.

 

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“The Authority will like to emphasize that in line with government protocols, arriving passengers are to walk down to designated car parks to board their vehicles. No driver is permitted to pick up arriving passenger(s) at the frontage of the terminals.

“All drivers must park and wait inside the car parks while arriving passengers walk down to the car parks to board their vehicles.

“For departing passengers, drivers are only allowed to drop off passengers in front of the terminals. They are not permitted to wait for any reason after dropping their passengers, it is only a “Drop Off” zone,” the statement read in part.

The agency, therefore, called for compliance with all laid down protocols on COVID-19 to ensure the safety of all airport users to ease facilitation and enhance the safety of all airport users.

“The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) hereby advises passengers, drivers, and other airport users, particularly those at the General Aviation Terminal, Lagos, to always comply with all laid down protocols on COVID-19 to ensure safety of all airport users,” the statement added.

Update: FAAN Removes Obstruction, Reopens Runway At Lagos Airport

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The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has reopened Runway 18R/36L at the Murtala Mohammed Airport, Lagos.

This was after the removal of Azman Air’s Boeing 737-500 aircraft which was grounded in the middle of the runway causing an obstruction.

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The aircraft with registration 5N SYS, and flight number ZQ2325 was grounded in the middle of the runway on Tuesday after a tyre burst while it was landing on this runway.

This caused the airlines to cancel flights.

The spokesperson for FAAN, Yakubu Henrietta in an update posted on the agency’s official Twitter handle said that the aircraft was removed in the early hours of Wednesday and the runway is now opened for operation.

 

FAAN Temporarily Shuts Runway At Lagos Airport

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The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has announced the temporary closure of Runway 18R/36L at the Murtala Mohammed Airport, Lagos.

This closure according to a statement signed on Tuesday by the General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Henrietta Yakubu, was due to a landing incident.

“The closure is due to a landing incident involving a Boeing 737 Azman Air aircraft with registration 5N SYS, and flight number ZQ2325. The aircraft had a tyre burst after landing on this runway,” FAAN said.

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The agency added that all passengers and crew onboard the aircraft were safely evacuated and officials of FAAN Air Rescue and Fire Fighting Services, are working to ensure the aircraft is towed out of the runway, so as to restore normalcy.

 

Find below the full statement announcing the closure:

 

FAAN TEMPORARILY CLOSES RUNWAY 18R IN LAGOS.

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria hereby announces a temporary closure of Runway 18R/36L at the Murtala Mohammed Airport, Lagos.

The closure is due to a landing incident involving a Boeing 737 Azman Air aircraft with registration 5N SYS, and flight number ZQ2325. The aircraft had a tyre burst after landing on this runway.

All passengers and crew onboard the aircraft were safely evacuated at 1908 hours, and officials of FAAN Air Rescue and Fire Fighting Services, AIB, and NAHCO are already working to ensure the aircraft is towed out of the runway, so as to restore normalcy.

Henrietta Yakubu (Mrs.)

General Manager, Corporate Affairs

COVID-19: Necessary Protocols Put In Place For Travellers – FAAN

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The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has assured travellers that all necessary protocols have been put in place to avoid the spread of COVID-19, even as some countries have entered the second wave of the pandemic.

In a statement by General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Yakubu Henrietta, “We have also put in place the necessary infrastructure to aid compliance with stipulated protocols on COVID-19”.

 She notified air travellers and other airport users that her network of airports across the country is fully prepared for the usual surge in passenger traffic that is the norm during the season.

In preparation for the season and beyond, “we have beefed up security at all our airports, especially the major international gateways in Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt and Kano.

In addition, “we are intensifying our effort at improving facilities to ensure maximum comfort for all airport users. At the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja and Port Harcourt International Airport, the new terminals are fully ready to play host to our esteemed passengers in safe, secure, and very comfortable ambiances.

“At our premier airport, the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos, the VIP lounge has been renovated to enhance passenger comfort, the carousels are working optimally, amidst other facilities upgrade currently ongoing”, the statement said in parts.

The stories are similar at all other airports, as the Authority has put in place facilities, procedures and systems to ensure maximum comfort, safety, and security of airport users during this season and beyond.

“FAAN will like to use this opportunity to appeal to passengers to please get to the airports early to conclude all check-in procedures in good time, especially with the added protocols occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic, so as to avoid the experience of missing their flights.

“This is important because of the heavy passenger traffic that is usually the experience around this time”.

Report Airport Officials Demanding Money, FAAN Tells Passengers

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The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has called on air passengers to report any official from any agency that requests money under any guise.

It made the call in a statement on Sunday by its General Manager in charge of Corporate Affairs, Mrs Henrietta Yakubu.

As the nation’s airports begin to reopen gradually for flight operations, Yakubu urged passengers to desist from giving money to officials.

She informed passengers and other airport users that there was no aspect of FAAN services at the airports that was being paid for by cash.

“Arriving passengers are expected to have gone through the COVID-19 test before boarding their flights from ports of departure, therefore, they should not pay any money whatsoever to any airport official for the purpose.

“All COVID-19 measures put in place at the airports are free for passengers and does not attract any charges,” the statement said.

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The FAAN spokesperson noted that the authority was aware of the allegation that some airport officials in Abuja were collecting money from returning passengers on evacuation flights.

She stated that the claim was already being investigated by all agencies at the airport and appealed to passengers to always ensure adherence to all safety and security measures at the airports.

According to Yakubu, FAAN remains committed to its core values of safety, security and comfort of air passengers at the airports.

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic which left many Nigerians trapped in various parts of the world, the Nigerian Government has evacuated thousands of its citizens.

The evacuees were brought back from the United States, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, France, Egypt, and Lebanon, among other countries.

The latest of the evacuation was the return of 68 Nigerian girls and others who arrived at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja on Sunday afternoon.

COVID-19: FAAN Insists Fintiri, Yari Flouted Airport Guidelines

 

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has asked all very important personalities to obey all COVID-19 protocols at the nation’s airports or risk being denied access to any of its facilities.

FAAN also insisted that Governor Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa State and former Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State flouted the guidelines in place for passenger facilitation at the Port Harcourt and Kano airports, respectively.

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) in a statement on Friday noted with dismay, two acts of infractions on the rules and guidelines for air passengers and airport users.

According to FAAN, The first incident occurred on Saturday, July 11, 2020, at the Aminu Kano International Airport, when the former governor of Zamfara State, Alhaji Abdulaziz Yari, declined to adhere to the Port Health protocols and procedures.

The agency further revealed that the second incident occurred on Tuesday, July 14, 2020, when the Governor of Adamawa State, Alhaji Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, arrived at the Port Harcourt International Airport, in the company of eight other passengers. He also fragrantly refused to observe airport security and port health protocols.

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FAAN stated that as a responsible institution of the Federal Government of Nigeria, it holds all officials of the state in high esteem and accords them all the courtesies their status deserves. It, therefore, has no personal issues with Alhaji Abdulaziz Yari and Governor Fintiri.

“We are merely implementing our standard operating procedures (SOPs) to assure the success of our Security and Public health Protocols. The protocols flouted by both personalities were duly approved by the Federal Government through the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.

“They were intended to protect all airport users and to curb the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.

“By their actions, the two personalities put at risk not only themselves but also other airport users. These protocols are now part of the new normal all over the world, and no person, no matter how highly placed, is exempted from them, else he would be denied access to our facilities,” FAAN’s statement read in part.

FAAN reiterated the need for all air travelers to strictly adhere to the security, Public health, and operational protocols put in place to make air travel in the country safe, secure, and efficient, especially in the midst of this pandemic.

“Our esteemed Government officials and other Very Important Personalities (VIP) should not only comply with the rules but provide leadership for other air travelers, by projecting good conduct and protecting public safety.

FAAN will continue to enforce the protocols, and advise all air travelers to adhere strictly to the same,” the aviation agency stressed.

No Guidelines For Flights Resumption Yet – FAAN

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The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) says it is yet to release any guideline for post-COVID-19 flight resumption.

This was disclosed by the General Manager, Corporate Affairs of FAAN, Henrietta Yakubu in a statement issued on Saturday.

The statement was also posted on the official Twitter handle of FAAN.

 

Yakubu said although FAAN is working “carefully and seriously” on releasing guidelines for post-COVID-19 travel the one currently in circulation is fake and should be disregarded.

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“Our attention has been drawn to a statement released by a certain Tayo Olu to the effect that the federal government, through FAAN has released a post-COVID-19 travel guideline for air travellers.

“We want to state emphatically that although FAAN is carefully and seriously working on a guideline, the release did not emanate from us as it is still a work in progress,” the statement read in part.

The Air Authority, therefore, urged members of the public who might have seen the document to disregard it, noting that it is fake.

The Federal Government had earlier on March 27 shut down the airspace following the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic.

The flight ban was recently extended by another one month till the end of May.

FAAN Confirms Bush Fire At Owerri Airport, Says Flights Not Affected

 

A bush fire incident has been reported at the Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport, Owerri, Imo State.

The General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, Henrietta Yakubu, announced this in a statement on Tuesday, noting that officers of the Air Rescue and Fire Fighting Services are on ground to handle the situation.

FAAN, however, explained that the incident did not affect flight operations as normal operations have continue unhindered.

It also assured passengers of its continued commitment to their safety, security and comfort.

Meanwhile, the airport authorities appealed to host communities around airports to desist from burning bushes.

According to them, such acts are capable of jeopardizing safety of flight operations because of the weather in the country.

Reps Give FAAN Two Weeks Ultimatum To Remit N66bn

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The House of Representatives has issued an ultimatum to the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) to remit the sum of N66 billion to the coffers of the Federal Government.

The House Committee on Finance gave the deadline on Wednesday and asked the agency to explain why it failed to remit the said sum out of the N75 billion it generated between 2014 and 2019.

It observed that the figures presented by FAAN did not tally with those in the records of the Accountant-General of the Federation.

The committee also noted that the amount was different from what the Auditor-General of the Federation had, adding that the agency remitted only N9 billion to the government in the last five years.

It, therefore, gave FAAN an ultimatum of two weeks to remit the balance of N66bn to the government coffers if it cannot account for the non-remittance.

The ultimatum was issued after the management of FAAN appeared before members of the committee, as part of its oversight on Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs).

Coronavirus: FAAN Advises Passengers, Airport Users To Comply With Quarantine Procedures

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The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has advised passengers and airport users to submit themselves for routine quarantine checks whenever they are asked at the nation’s airport.

The Airport Authority in a statement signed by Henrietta Yakubu the General Manager, Corporate Affairs said this is aimed at preventing the Coronavirus epidemic which has killed six people in China from spreading to Nigeria.

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“In an effort to protect passengers from the epidemic ravaging some countries and to prevent the spread of such communicable diseases into Nigeria, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has advised passengers and other airport users to comply with all quarantine procedures at the nation’s airports.

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“All the equipment and personnel used in combatting the deadly Ebola virus in 2014 are still very much in place at the airports.

“FAAN has always had thermal scanners in her airports that monitor the temperature of passengers and capture their pictures. When passengers walk pass the scanner, it registers their temperature and if too high, they are pulled aside for observation,” the statement read in part.

Yakubu added that the deadly virus known as CORONAVIRUS broke out in China and has since killed six people, with over 300 also reported to have been infected.

The virus is highly communicable and has already spread to border countries like Japan, Thailand, and South Korea.

The Authority, in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health, has confirmed the adequacy of the facilities at the nation’s airports to prevent the importation of the virus through the airports.

FAAN Re-Opens Port Harcourt Airport After Fire Outbreak

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) on Sunday announced the reopening of Port Harcourt International Airport after a fire outbreak which disrupted operations.

FAAN made the announcement on their official twitter handle noting that normal flight activities have since commenced at the airport.

“Following a careful evaluation and mitigation of the impact of the bush fire earlier reported around the Port Harcourt International Airport and the dissipation of smokes around the airside, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria wishes to inform the general public that the airport has now been re-opened to operations.

“Normal flight activities have therefore re-commenced at the airport,” FAAN posted on Twitter.

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Flight activities were grounded on Saturday at the Port Harcourt International Airport runway following a fire outbreak.

The fire was reported to have prevented a Max Air flight from taking off while an Arik flight had to return to base.

A Dana flight from Abuja to Port Harcourt also reportedly had to return to the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, as it could not land due to the fire outbreak.

According to FAAN, the fire was caused as a result of bush fire.

The airport was then closed but eventually re-opened on Sunday.

FAAN Security Apprehends Intruder At MMA

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In the early hours of Friday the 27th December 2019, a young man of about 25yrs was sighted around the airfield of the Murtala Mohamed Airport by FAAN Aviation Security (AVSEC) personnel manning the Charlie One (C1) link/holding area.

In a swift response, the AVSEC personnel on static guard duties at the area rushed to stop his further movement towards a taxiing Air Peace aircraft numbered APK 7252 and with the registration number(CS-TQU) and a struggle ensued. All efforts to stop the intruder by the unarmed AVSEC personnel failed as the intruder continued to resist arrest.

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While the struggle was ongoing, the AVSEC personnel called for reinforcement and alerted the pilot of CS-TQU of the intrusion, and to delay the aircraft to allow for a successful apprehension of the intruder.

The intruder was eventually apprehended by the AVSEC personnel with the support of the reinforcement and has been taken into custody for investigations.

The aircraft was also advised to return to base for necessary safety/ security inspections in line with standard procedure. Subsequently, The aircraft departed Lagos at 10:16, with 171 passengers, and 6 crew

The MD of FAAN in company with the Directors of Aviation Security services, and Airport operations, the Regional General Manager (SW) and the Airport Chief of Security (MMA) inspected the site of the incident and discussed with the Captain of the aircraft, who commended the action of the Aviation Security team. According to him, it was timely and professional in protecting the flight as he was not even aware of any intrusion until they alerted him.