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FAAN begins palliative repair on Enugu runway
12-15-2017, 05:17 AM,
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FAAN begins palliative repair on Enugu runway
THE Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, yesterday commenced palliative repair work on the runway of Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu. This is just as aviation experts are calling on FAAN to carry out complete rehabilitation of the runway like it was done on Abuja runway instead of wasting money on “palliative repairs”.

Confirming the commencement of the palliative works yesterday, Mrs Yakubu Henrietta, General Manager, Corporate Affairs, FAAN, said that in line with Standards And Recommended Practices, the Authority has requested the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency ,NAMA, to issue a Notice To Air Men, NOTAM.

Henrietta said: “The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria wishes to notify air travellers and the general public that with effect from today, Thursday 14th December, 2017, the Authority will embark on a palliative repair work on the runway of Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu.

“The first phase of the repair work will commence on the 14th to 21st December 2017, while the second phase will be from the 27th December 2017, to 4th January, 2018. There will be skeletal operations at the airport while the work is ongoing as the runway will open for operations from 0700 hours local time till 1500 hours local time on the proposed dates.

“This is to enable the contractor have ample day-light working hours in order to obtain stable and even runway surface, while also completing the work within the stipulated timeframe.”

In line with Standards And Recommended Practices, the Authority has requested the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) to issue a Notice To Air Men (NOTAM) in this regard”.

“We apologize for any inconvenience this action might cause our high esteemed customers”.

Meanwhile, aviation experts have said the palliative works on the runway is a waste of money as what the Enugu runway currently need is complete rehabilitation. Reacting, Group Captain John Ojikutu Rtd said “We had palliative repairs about twice if not thrice on Abuja runway first in 2010, 2014/2015 before the 2017 total rehabilitation. Those repairs before the 2017 rehabilitation were waste and that is what we are planning to repeat for Enugu airport runway”.

He added that:“The palliative repairs can only sustain the landing of B737 weight and not for the landing of bigger aircraft that foreign airlines are flying into the airport. If FAAN does not want to continue to waste its scarce fund on the runway, or cause a disaster in the airport, it should prevail on the political interests that opened the airport to international flights to allow runway to be closed for a complete reconstruction and upgrade its load classification number (LCN) from 50 to at least 80 if not 100”.
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