Inclement weather, reason for flight diversion – NAMA

The Airspace Management Agency, NAMA, has attributed the diversions of international flights to neighbouring countries to inclement weather and company minimas of affected airlines especially at the Murtala Mohammed international airport Lagos.

In a statement, the General Manager public affairs, NAMA, Mr. Khalid Emele said the agency has noted with concern these recent developments, and that such diversions are in the interest of safety.

He stressed landing aids on the two runways of the Lagos Airports, The Doppler Very High Omni-Directional Radio Range (DVOR) and the Distance Measuring Equipment (DME) have successfully been calibrated and passed 100%.

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The NAMA spokesman said the localizer, a component of the Instrument Landing System, responsible for horizontal guidance at runway 18 Left has also passed 100% calibration while the glide slope, which is another component of the Instrument Landing System that provides vertical guidance, is undergoing routine maintenance and by today, the maintenance will be concluded and the equipment shall be fully on air.

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“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.”

He reassures airspace users and the general public that the Nigerian Airspace remains safe for seamless, and economic air travel and regret any inconveniences caused.

Contrary to the statement of NAMA, an investigation by our correspondent revealed that foreign Airlines have noted with sadness that the ILS runway 18L is unserviceable and the one on runway 18R is not calibrated,only the VOR and DME approach are said to be available for both runways.

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Presently foreign Airlines have kept diverting flights due to weather fluctuation, some Airlines have either delayed or cancelled flights because the aircraft to pick their passengers have diverted to Accra or Cotonou to return when there is an improvement on the weather go landing.

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