The Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) has noted that the inability of some international flights to land at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos, is largely due to issues of inclement weather and company minimas of affected airlines.
NAMA in a statement signed by Mr Khalid Emele, the general manager public affairs stated that some aircraft diversions are in the interest of safety.
NAMA explained in the statement that: “The facts on record are as follows: Lagos has two runways- 18 Right and 18 Left. The Doppler Very High Omni-Directional Radio Range (DVOR) and the Distance Measuring Equipment (DME) at the airport have successfully been calibrated and passed 100 percent. The localizer (a component of the Instrument Landing System) responsible for horizontal guidance at runway 18 Left has also passed 100percent calibration while the glide slope (which is another component of the Instrument Landing System that provides vertical guidance) is undergoing routine maintenance and by tomorrow (12/02/2020), the maintenance will be concluded and the equipment shall be fully on air.
“On Runway 18 Right, there is Category 3 ILS which is still undergoing installation. Presently, Selex Systems, the contractors are working on the realignment of its parameters, preparatory to the calibration and commissioning of the equipment in the shortest possible time”.
Meanwhile the agency has reassured airspace users and the general public that the Nigerian Airspace remains safe for seamless, and economic air travel and regret any inconveniences caused.