International flights have started landing at the Murtala Muhammed International airport Lagos following the improvement in the weather conditions.
For over two weeks all international flights were diverting to Accra, Ghana due to inclement weather in Lagos.
Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika who confirmed the resumption of international flights to that Airport in a statement signed by his Director, Public Affairs, James Odaudu, says so far 12 flights have landed on the international airport Runway 18Right while on the domestic Runway 18Left 13.
While appreciating the understanding of those affected by the unfortunate situation, he assures the government’s determination and commitment to the protection of Nigerian travellers at all times.
The Minister also reiterates that the diversions and cancellations as a result of highly inclement weather conditions are not peculiar to Lagos or Nigeria, but a global phenomenon, as even the most developed nations of the world have been experiencing same, resulting from weather vagaries.
He also notes the fact that the weather conditions in Lagos, and indeed every airport worldwide is not something that is noticed at the point of landing, as pilots are regularly updated during the course of the flights and therefore in a position to decide on the most appropriate airport to divert to.
According to him, ” Nnamdi Azikiwe International airport Abuja which has been in full operation,would have been the most appropriate for the affected airlines to divert to, if the overall interest of the Nigerian passengers was considered.”
“The general public is once again assured of government commitment towards ensuring that full services that ensure the comfort, safety and security of air passengers are restored to normalcy, as all relevant authorities have been up and doing.”, he added.