FAAN to stagger flight departures

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has concluded plans to  restrict multiple departures of airlines from the same terminals at the same time when flights resume.

The arrangement according to the Managing Director, FAAN, Captain Rabiu Yadudu was meant to give room for spacing of the flights to ensure total safety for flight services.

While explaining that the flight spacing was not to disrupt any of the airline’s schedules, Yadudu said it was meant to ensure total safety of passengers, airline staff and others within the airport environment.

Accordingto him, the airport Authority had informed the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) of its plan.

Yadudu who said the NCAA was already aware of the development, revealed that plans were on to increase its capacity by about 200% with the construction of fabricated materials within the facility due to inadequate space at the General Aviation Terminal of the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA), Lagos.

“We have already told NCAA that we are going to space the flights. No two airlines will depart at the same time from our airports. The spacing is not to make things difficult for the operators, but to protect their staff and other users of our airports.

On the training of workers in compliance with the COVID-19 protocols, the FAAN MD said about 85 per cent to 90 per cent of the agency’s workforce have been trained by the World Health Organisation (WH.O) on operational and response time on Covid-19 pandemic, including 100 per cent of its staff at Owerri Airport just as added that FAAN workers have also been trained by Port Health Services in order to ensure compliance on resumption.

Yadudu at the occasion hinted of plans by that FAAN to instal transparent shields in front of all airline counters operating from its terminal in a bid to minimise physical contacts while wearing of face masks and other protocols by Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) would be made compulsory.

“No airport in Nigeria has 100% of its staff trained by WHO and Port Health on COVID-19 pandemic, but we achieved that with Owerri Airport. All our staff at Owerri airport is trained 100 per cent with certificates issues. Overall, about 85 to 90 per cent of our staffs have been trained and we want to achieve 100 per cent training for all.

“At GAT, we have also erected a large canopy for people to stay in in case of rain. We also have sanitisers and equipment to test their temperature at the airport and others in the country. Our tap water has sensors to minimise touch.“

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