Nigeria’s Aviation sector has recorded another milestone achievement with the commencement of international flight from the Akannu Ibiam International Airport in Enugu State.
The recent renovation of the fourteen airports across the country is majorly responsible for this feat by Enugu’s Akannu Ibiam International Airport marking its first flight to the South East of Nigeria with Ethiopian National Carrier to Nigeria.
The Minister for Aviation in a chat with newsmen described it as dream come true and a fulfilment of one of the President Goodluck Jonathan transformation agenda to the Nigerian people.
As is expected the outbound flight was fully booked with twenty passengers on standby while it arrived Nigeria loaded to capacity.
Nigerian Aviation industry has however increased its streak of successes as the Ethiopian National Carrier left Nigeria and another is expected to commence international flight from the airport shortly.
The Managing Director FAAN said the feat represent a boost to Nigeria’s economy and that foreign exchange directed to other nations could now be retained in Nigeria.
The Minister of Aviation described it as an economic booster to the landlocked Enugu state and a fulfillment if the President’s dream.
Secretary to the Federal Government, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim described it as a dream come true for the South Eastern states.
The Managing Director of the Nigeria Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), Nnamdi Udoh has reassured travellers of a safer air travel in the country.
Mr Udoh, who was a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, advised travellers that boarded an aircraft that could not land due to poor weather condition to “walk up to the pilot and inquire why he did not get destination weather, did he not get briefed on weather before departure?”
He said this is important “because it is now mandatory for every pilot to go and get from the aeronautical information services’ operational office weather briefs, enroute and destination to be able to fly comfortably and arrive safely.”
Mr Udoh said the Nigerian aviation industry is compliant with the global standards as far as metrological information is concerned.
“The Nigerian Metrological Agency, recently got ISO9001 certified so you must be sure that the data our metrological agency gives out are correct,” he said.
The NAMA boss said a second development that has restored confidence in the country’s airspace is the strengthening of air traffic regulations by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).
He said, “The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority has strengthen its general aviation arm; has strengthen its ramp inspection in ensuring that airlines do maintenance as required and are properly supervised.”
Watch the full video with Mr Udoh, who listed other criteria for expressing confidence in Nigeria air travel.