Management of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, has called on owners of abandoned aircraft at the graveyard of the Murtala Mohammed Airport in Lagos to evacuate them within seven days
The agency stated its readiness to dispose such aircraft in line with the provisions of the International Civil Aviation Organisation, ICAO.
The Director of Airport Operations, Capt Henry Omeogu, who disclosed this while on an inspection at Domestic Terminal 1 of the airport, noted that the action had become necessary due to recurring operational hitches that have been posing serious safety concerns to aircraft and some infrastructure at the terminal.
He appealed to the owners of the aircraft, some of which had been parked in the area since 2005, to immediately remove them, to forestall situations, where unscrupulous elements would use abandoned aircraft as hiding places to perpetuate criminal activities.
He stressed that FAAN would continue to do everything possible to ensure the safety and security of all travellers and other airport users, in line with its mission statement.
Omeogu enjoined all stakeholders to partner with the agency to ensure safer and more secure airports.
Some of the abandoned aircraft have been causing ground accidents to other aircraft taxiing along the runway. Some of these aircraft belong to domestic airline operators which have suspended flight operations and may not likely return.

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