FAAN orders airlines to remove abandoned aircraft from airports

By Oyise OGHENE
The Management of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) have ordered all airlines within the country to remove their abandoned aircraft from the various airports across the country within the next one month stressing that it was posing a great treat to safety.

Disclosing this development to newsmen, General Manager Corporate Communications FAAN, Mr. Yakubu Dati said that the exercise was necessary because the aircraft constitute a serious safety hazard on the airside, apart from being an eyesore at the various airports, as some of the aircraft have been abandoned for up to 10 years.

“The Authority is constrained to embark on this removal exercise because owners of these abandoned aircraft have deliberately refused to remove them despite all efforts made by the Authority to make them do so, including meetings with the owners and publication of paid notices in various newspapers in the past five years” he said.

According to him, “some of the owners of these abandoned aircraft had taken FAAN to court over this issue and got court injunctions that made it difficult for the agency to carry out this exercise before now”

“some of these cases have now been concluded hence the commencement of the removal exercise, at least for the abandoned aircraft which cases have been concluded” he noted.

Mr Dati further noted that the agency hereby calls on all owners of abandoned aircraft to remove them from all our airports within the next one month as the presence of these aircraft negate the spirit of the current aviation master plan of the Federal Government.

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