The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has commenced the evacuation of abandoned aircraft at the airside of the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA), Lagos.
General Manager, Corporate Communication, FAAN, Mrs Henrietta Yakubu, in an interview with aviation reporters in Lagos, said at least, 13 aircrafts belonging to different airlines have been abandoned at the airside of the airport for several years with their owners reluctant to relocate them despite several warnings issued by the agency in the past.
She observed that the abandoned aircrafts constituted danger to safety and smooth operations of aircrafts and said that four of the abandoned aircrafts were relocated on Friday while additional four would be moved today.
Mrs Yakubu who noted that the relocation became necessary to give more space for airworthy aircrafts to land, take off and manoeuvre as expected at the airside, insisted that FAAN would continue to take safety and comfort of airport users as a top priority.
She also disclosed that plans had reached an advanced stage for the agency to install Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras at the strategic locations within the airside in order to forestall aircraft poaching and other incidences to further improve security at that part of the airport.
Apart from this, she explained FAAN had embarked on grass cutting at the airside to ensure improved safety within that area of airport.
The abandoned aircrafts belong to Associated Air, IRS, Dana Air and Hak Air.
Others include, Air Nigeria, Associated Cargo, Bellview, JedAir, Precision Aviation Handling Company and PAC, TopBrass.