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Criminals Planning Attacks On Airports, FG Alerts Security Agents
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Criminals Planning Attacks On Airports, FG Alerts Security Agents

The Federal Government has alerted airport security chiefs across the country of impending attacks by suspected criminals. To this end, the government through the Ministry of Aviation has alerted the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) to beef up security across the airports. FAAN’s Deputy General Manager in charge of Administration and Logistics, S.M. Mamman, issued a memo to airport chiefs of security to review security measures to stave off the attacks. The airports listed included Kaduna, Maiduguri, Sokoto, Kano, Abuja, and Lagos. The memo read: “I am directed to convey an alert from the Ministry of Aviation regarding security threats by criminal elements against Airports in Nigeria and to request for the immediate enumeration of necessary countermeasures for t...
Only Lagos, Abuja Airports Profitable, Sustain Others – FAAN
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Only Lagos, Abuja Airports Profitable, Sustain Others – FAAN

In a bid to bridge some of its infrastructural gap, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has asked to discontinue the 25 per cent revenue contribution it makes to the federation account. The Managing Director of the agency, Captain Rabiu Yadudu, made the appeal yesterday when the Senate Committee on Aviation came for their oversight function and he said that if the 25 per cent contribution ends, it will ensure development if revenue generated from the sector is ploughed back. This was even as he asserted that revenues from only two airports; the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos and the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA) are sustaining other airports in the country. He also highlighted the global economic challenge that has affected airli...
FAAN Mulls Opening New Lagos, Kano, Enugu Airport Terminals On January 20
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FAAN Mulls Opening New Lagos, Kano, Enugu Airport Terminals On January 20

The Managing Director, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Captain Rabiu Hamisu Yadudu disclosed at the weekend that new international terminals in Lagos, Kano and Enugu will be completed and inaugurated before January 20, 2021. Yadudu who disclosed this in an interview while assessing the role of the airport authority in the past year said the inauguration was subject to many variables. The FAAN helmsman also spoke on the need to transform the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) into a hub saying it was a vital consideration to have the airport operate efficiently. He emphasized the need to link the old and new terminal as well as the international and domestic terminals to improve transition around the airport. Yadudu said: “That is a an important cons...
FG approves N4bn bailout for airlines affected by COVID19 pandemic
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FG approves N4bn bailout for airlines affected by COVID19 pandemic

The Federal government has approved the sum of N4 billion as bailout funds for airlines to cushion the effects of COVID-19 on the aviation sector in Nigeria.   The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, announced this when he appeared before the senate committee on aviation today Monday, November 2.   Sirika appeared before the panel in respect of a public hearing on the repeal and the reenactment of the laws establishing the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB), Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT), Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) and the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN).   Sirikia mentioned to the lawmakers that the aviation sector is key to the d...
Ministerial Order: FAAN, Other Aviation Agencies Begin Relocation To Abuja
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Ministerial Order: FAAN, Other Aviation Agencies Begin Relocation To Abuja

Despite misgivings and protest, aviation agencies have started relocating to Abuja in compliance with the 45-day deadline given by the Aviation Minister, Senator Hadi Sirika. Sirika had, in a letter dated 4th May 2020 FMA/PMD/7061/T/4 and signed by the Director, Human Resource Management, Alhaji Mohammad Shehu, ordered all agencies based in Lagos to relocate to Abuja. The agencies are: Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) and the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB). Stakeholders had rejected the proposal which they said was not realistic. They said Lagos remains the centre of aviation and relocation of the bureaucracy could slow down activities in the sector. As the 45 days elapsed...
FAAN Reverses Reduction In Staff Salary For May
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FAAN Reverses Reduction In Staff Salary For May

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria has reversed its decision to reduce the salary of staff from the month of May 2020. The reversal follows outrage and a meeting by FAAN and airport workers’ union comprising of Air Transport Service Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN), Association of Nigeria Aviation Professionals (ANAP), National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE) and Nigerian Union of Pensioners (NUP) on Thursday. Announcing the reversal, the unions in a joint statement said all airport workers would receive full payment in the month of May. The statement reads, “Full payment of May salary across all grade levels. “While subsequent months will be subject to improvement in revenue generation.” MCI had on Wednesday reported the payment of half sala...
FAAN Slashes Staff Salary Over Revenue Losses
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FAAN Slashes Staff Salary Over Revenue Losses

Following the dwindling revenues occasioned by COVID-19 pandemic, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has said it may not be able to pay full salary of staff as from May 2020 until the industry returns to normalcy. The agency however assured that as soon as the revenue situation improves, the balance would be paid. Daily Trust reports that there has been fear over salary payment by FAAN following the suspension of both local and international flights in April. Daily Trust learnt that with the flight suspension, the main source of revenue of the agency has been shut. The authority announced the decision to cut staff salary in an internal memo with reference number FAAN/HQ/ADMIN/2020O5 dated May 19, 2020 and signed by General Manager, Administration, FAAN, M.D. Musa...
FAAN Fumigates Lagos, Abuja, Port-Harcourt Airports Ahead Of Reopening
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FAAN Fumigates Lagos, Abuja, Port-Harcourt Airports Ahead Of Reopening

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria says it has commenced fumigation of International Airports in Lagos, Abuja, and Port Harcourt ahead of reopening of flight operations in Nigeria. General Manager, Corporate Affairs of FAAN, Mrs Henrietta Yakubu, made this known on Tuesday in a statement in Lagos. Yakubu explained that the fumigation exercise was in line with the efforts to contain the spread of coronavirus pandemic ravaging the world. She said though, it was not yet clear when the ban on flights would be lifted, the authority was taking the proactive steps. “This is to ensure the safety of passengers and other airport users when the airports eventually reopen. “In March this year, the authority embarked on a similar exercise of disinfection and fumigation of all ...
FG Gives FAAN, NAMA, Others 45 Days To Relocate Headquarters To Abuja
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FG Gives FAAN, NAMA, Others 45 Days To Relocate Headquarters To Abuja

The Federal Government has ordered all aviation agencies to relocate their headquarters to Abuja within 45 days. The Ministry of Aviation officials confirmed this on Friday, adding that the directive only involves four of the ministry’s agencies, as two other key parastatals have their headquarters in Abuja and Kaduna. This came as some employees of the affected agencies complained that there were few office spaces in Abuja to accommodate the workforce. However, it was learnt that the directive by the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, is aimed at cutting down the cost of governance by the Federal Government. Currently, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Accident Investigation Bureau and the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency have...
Coronavirus: FAAN Issues Travel Advisory
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Coronavirus: FAAN Issues Travel Advisory

In an effort to protect passengers from the epidemic ravaging some countries and to prevent the spread of such communicable diseases into Nigeria, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria hereby advises passengers and other 2...airport users to comply with all quarantine procedures at the nation's airports. All the equipment and personnel used in combating the deadly ebola virus in 2014 are still very much in place at the airports. 3. FAAN has always had thermal scanners in her airports that monitor temperature of passengers and capture their pictures. When passengers walk pass the scanner, it registers their temperature and If too high, they are pulled aside for observation. 4. Recently, a deadly virus known as CORONAVIRUS broke out in China and has since killed six people, wi...
Stop Coming To The Airport With Groups Of Family And Friends- FAAN Advises Air Travelers
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Stop Coming To The Airport With Groups Of Family And Friends- FAAN Advises Air Travelers

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, has advised air passengers against coming to the airport with groups of their family and friends.   A statement released by Mrs Henrietta Yakubu , General Manager, Corporate Affairs, FAAN, today December 18th, said VIPs, highly placed government officials, and other chiefs have also been advised to keep their protocol officials out of passengers processing zone in the arrival and departure terminals of the airports across the country.   According to Yakubu, this became necessary because these protocol officers, family and friends that escort travelers to the airport, obstruct the smooth processing of passengers by Immigration at these zones which has led to unnecessary delays. The statement aso adviced pasengers aga...
FAAN Bans Uber, Bolt And Others From Lagos Airport, Places Heavy Fine
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FAAN Bans Uber, Bolt And Others From Lagos Airport, Places Heavy Fine

The question on our lips is, what does the Nigerian government really want from transport ride-sharing firms? At first, it was ORide, Max and Gokada and the NURTW group, this time, it has shifted to the cars sector. According to an eye witness that was at the Muritala Muhammed Airport, MMIA, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has banned Taxify and Uber from the airport, the ban takes effect as from today. According to him, I saw this at the airport this afternoon on my way out of Lagos and it reads: Federal Airport Authority Of Nigeria has issued a directive via this billboard to state that Uber, Taxify and other ride-sharing companies are not allowed to pick up passengers from the airport from today. The idea behind the new directive by FAAN is to protect the loc...
President Buhari Honours Customs Officer Who Rejected N150m Bribe
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President Buhari Honours Customs Officer Who Rejected N150m Bribe

President Buhari has presented Integrity awards to two public servants, Bashir Abubakar and Mrs Josephine Ugwu of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, for exhibiting Integrity in the performance of their official duties. Buhari presented the awards to the recipients at the opening of the two-day National Summit on Diminishing Corruption in Public Sector held at the State House Banquet hall, Abuja. The event is being organized by the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation in collaboration with Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC). The Assistant Comptroller-General of Customs, Bashir Abubakar rejected 412,000 dollars (N150 million) bribe offered to him by drug traffickers to import 40 containers laden with Tramadol...
FAAN Shuts Down Enugu Airport For Repairs
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FAAN Shuts Down Enugu Airport For Repairs

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has finally shut down Akanu Indian International Airport Enugu. The Airport was shut down 2300 hours (12 midnight Friday). However, a concession was given to Ethiopian Airline flight to land on Saturday because it was a pre-scheduled international flight before the decision to shut the airport. The airline had argued that the cost of conveying passengers from Port-Harcourt International airport to Enugu by road and providing accommodation for them would be too heavy on the airline, and therefore should be allowed to drop the passengers at Enugu since the flight was scheduled before announcement to shut down the airport. FAAN had on Saturday August 17 announced it’s intention to close down the runway of Akanu Ibiam International...
FAAN Suspends Officer Who Stole From A Pilgrim At Yola Airport
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FAAN Suspends Officer Who Stole From A Pilgrim At Yola Airport

Aviation security officer, Jennifer Luka who works at the Yola International Airport has been suspended indefinitely by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria following a report of theft involving the officer. The suspension according to FAAN spokesperson, Henrietta Yakubu is pending the completion of investigation into the case. She said the Authority has consequently handed over the erring officer to the appropriate security agency for further questioning and prosecution. Yakubu said: ”FAAN deeply regrets this unfortunate incident and the conduct of Jennifer, which does not reflect the values of the Authority and its staff. The Authority wishes to re-assure the general public that our airports remain safe and secure for travellers and other airport users.”
FAAN To Close MMIA Apron Gate 1 For 6 Weeks Starting From 7th June
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FAAN To Close MMIA Apron Gate 1 For 6 Weeks Starting From 7th June

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has a notification for airlines, airport users and the general public; that effective Friday June 7, 2019, the Murtala Muhammed International Airport’s Apron Gate 1 and some sections of Taxiway F would be closed to human and vehicular traffic for six weeks. This closure is to enable the contractor handling the construction of the new terminal (China Civil Construction Company) link the proposed apron under construction to the existing one. To maintain orderliness and ensure safety of operators while the project would last, the Authority has developed and deployed specific procedures for vehicular movements and officers of the Aviation Security department have been mobilized to ensure compliance. The Authority solicits the unders...
Airlines Must Indicate The Exact Number Of Luggage Checked-in By Passengers – FAAN
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Airlines Must Indicate The Exact Number Of Luggage Checked-in By Passengers – FAAN

It is now compulsory for airlines to indicate the exact number of travel luggage checked in by passengers on their boarding passengers. This is according to a directive by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN). This directive is contained in a notice issued to airlines, earlier this week. The notice reads: “The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria hereby notifies all passengers that forthwith, it has become compulsory for airlines to indicate the exact number of travel luggage checked-in by passengers on their boarding passes. Passengers are therefore advised to always crosscheck their boarding passes to ensure that the number of luggage they checked-in is the same as reflected on it”. This new directive is believed to be inspired by a recent incidence where ...
Buhari Appoints Captain Rabiu Hamisu Yadudu As FAAN MD
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Buhari Appoints Captain Rabiu Hamisu Yadudu As FAAN MD

Federal Government on Monday appointed Captain Rabiu Hamisu Yadudu as the new Managing Director of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN). Until the recent appointment, the pilot with considerable industry experience was Director of Operstions, FAAN. He replaces Saleh Dunoma , who had spent over three decades in the airport authority, before he was appointed many years ago. Sources within the authority said the appointment has been received with mixed reactions from workers. Yadudu entry according to industry watchers is another attempt by the outgoing Minister of State, Aviation, Hadi Sirika to entrench some interest in the sector. Yadudu hails from Kano State, replacing Dunoma, who hails from Borno State. In a statement issued by Deputy Director Press and ...
Pandemonium At Abuja Airport As Huge Smoke Emanates From Terminal.
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Pandemonium At Abuja Airport As Huge Smoke Emanates From Terminal.

  There was pandemonium at the departure wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA), Abuja, on Saturday following a huge smoke that emanated from the terminal. Upon seeing the thick smoke and fire alarm system, passengers and other users of the airport scampered for safety in different directions, fearing that it may have been another fire disaster. But a source close to the terminal told our correspondent on phone that it was the fire alarm system that triggered off, causing huge smoke to ooze out from the terminal. According to the source, the fire alarm system, which was fixed with power substances, might have detected “something like fire,” which made it to trigger off immediately. However, when the engineers of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FA...
Panic In Bi-courtney Over Planned Takeover Of MMA2 On May 7
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Panic In Bi-courtney Over Planned Takeover Of MMA2 On May 7

Tussle between the management of Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited (BASL), operators of the Murtala Muhammed Airport Two (MMA2), Lagos and the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) may resume soon with the planned takeover of the terminal by FAAN. A source close to the Ministry of Transport, Aviation Unit, told SaharaReporters over the weekend that the ministry had given the management of FAAN the approval to take over the terminal on the expiration of the 12 years consensual agreement between BASL and the agency. It was learnt that the 12 years would elapse on May 7, 2019, which was the exact date the terminal commenced operations with flight service by the rested Chanchangi Airlines from the terminal. Our correspondent gathered that the planned takeover of the ter...
Military Officers Will Now Enjoy VIP Treatment At Airports – Aviation Minister
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Military Officers Will Now Enjoy VIP Treatment At Airports – Aviation Minister

Special treatment and privileges will now be accorded to military personnel henceforth. This is according to the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika. He made this known during a visit by members of Defence Headquarters Committeee for Sensitisation Strategy on Public Appreciation of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, gave the directive. The treatment that military officials will enjoy at airports in Nigeria will be similar to that giving to Very Important Persons (VIP) during check-in and boarding at any airport in Nigeria. The Minister gave a directive to the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and other agencies in the sector to immediately incorporate policies and activities that show appreciation of both the serving and retired military personnel in Nigeria as it is done i...
International Airlines Move Into Port Harcourt Airport (Photos)
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International Airlines Move Into Port Harcourt Airport (Photos)

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, on Monday, announced that three international airlines have moved into the Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa. FAAN made the announcement via its Twitter handle, while sharing photos of the airport and the airlines. The international airlines include, “Air France, Lufthansa, and Chronos Air from Malabo.” The airport was inaugurated by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2018.
Nnamdi Azikiwe Int’l Airport Records 3.36m Passengers In 9 Months – FAAN
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Nnamdi Azikiwe Int’l Airport Records 3.36m Passengers In 9 Months – FAAN

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), says a total of 3.36 million passengers traveled through the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA), Abuja between January and September. FAAN disclosed this in its 2018 Passengers Traffic Statistics obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), on Tuesday in Abuja. The report showed that a total of 2.6 million people travelled locally (domestic) while 689,388 passengers were recorded on international wing during the period. It also showed that while 1.36 million passengers were recorded on domestic arrivals, 1.30 million departed through the airport within the period. According to FAAN, 340,171 international passengers arrived the airport, while 349,217 passengers traveled out of the country through NAIA during the per...
FAAN Declares Its Intention To Join The Nationwide Strike Declared By NLC
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FAAN Declares Its Intention To Join The Nationwide Strike Declared By NLC

Anyone who has plans of travelling around and out of the country might be unable to do so come Tuesday, November 6th as the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria has declared its intention to join in the nationwide strike declared by the Nigeria Labour Congress over FG's refusal to meet its minimum wage demand. Talks on a new wage have reached deadlock after state governors said they couldn't guarantee the payment of N30,000 wage to workers. A court had ruled on Friday that the strike be cancelled, as it would jeopardize citizens' livelihood. But the NLC insists it is well within the ambit of the law to embark on the strike. FAAN said in a statement it was standing with the labour union, and will shut down operations in compliance with the nationwide strike. "All airlines oper...
FAAN Begins Certification Of Four Airports
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FAAN Begins Certification Of Four Airports

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) says it has begun the process of certifying the Aminu Kano International Airport, Kaduna International Airport, Port-Harcourt International Airport and Akanu Ibiam International Airports, Enugu. This is coming on the heel of a similar exercise carried out in 2017 at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos and Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja. The Managing Director of FAAN, Mr Saleh Dunoma, made this known on Tuesday at the Gateway Forum organised by the League of Airports and Aviation Correspondents (LAAC) in Lagos. Dunoma said that FAAN was carrying out the certification process in collaboration with the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA). He said that the exercise would be completed by the middle of 2...
Four Pregnant Women, 140 Other Nigerians Return From Libya
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Four Pregnant Women, 140 Other Nigerians Return From Libya

A batch of 144 Nigerians, including four pregnant women, on Thursday voluntarily returned from Libya with the assistance of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the European Union (EU). The returnees arrived at the Cargo Wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos at 10.30 p.m. They returned aboard a chartered Airbus 320 with registration number LZ-MDI operated by VIA Airways. The returnees comprised 54 adult females — four of whom were pregnant — and seven female children. There were also 79 adult males and four male children. The South West Zonal Coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Suleiman Yakubu, received the returnees on behalf of Federal Government. Also on hand to receive them were officials of the Nigeria...
Bi-Courtney Lied About GAT At Lagos Airport, FAAN Insists
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Bi-Courtney Lied About GAT At Lagos Airport, FAAN Insists

Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has insisted that Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited (BASL) lied about the inclusion of the General Aviation Terminal (GAT) of the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA), Lagos in the concession agreement the Federal Government had with the terminal operator. FAAN also accused Bi-Courtney of breaching the contractual agreement on the abandoned Four Star hotel and a conference centre opposite the terminal, saying that the agency gave the company an ample time to complete the two projects, but that they failed. A statement by the spokesperson of FAAN, Mrs. Henrietta Yakubu declared that GAT did not and could not have formed a part of the concession agreement with Bi-Courtney. She hinted that before the terminal presently developed and occupied b...
FAAN Completes Repairs Of Enugu Airport Runway
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FAAN Completes Repairs Of Enugu Airport Runway

The repair of the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu, runway has been completed, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) said in Lagos on Monday. Mrs. Herrienta Yakubu, the General Manager, Corporate Affairs, told newsmen that the runway is now open for full operations following its completion. She said FAAN’s team of engineers led by the Managing Director, Mr Saleh Dunoma, inspected the project and certified it as meeting the required standards. Yakubu apologized to travelers and other stakeholders for the inconveniences caused by the partial closure of the runway to pave way for its rehabilitation. The first phase of the repairs was executed from Dec. 14 to Dec. 21, 2017 while the second phase starting from Dec. 27, 2017, to Jan. 4. During the period, the ai...
Nigeria’s Federal Airports Authority Begins Clearing Overgrown Bush Beside Lagos Airport Runways After Bandits Burgled Two Private Jets While Taxiing
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Nigeria’s Federal Airports Authority Begins Clearing Overgrown Bush Beside Lagos Airport Runways After Bandits Burgled Two Private Jets While Taxiing

Few weeks after SaharaReporters exclusively revealed robbery incidents involving two private aircraft on runways of the Murtala Muhammed Airport Lagos, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has commenced the massive clearing of the thick airside bushes. FAAN has also deployed a combined team of security personnel to patrol the airside area periodically in order to prevent repeat of the disgraceful acts, which occurred last December. A source at FAAN told SaharaReporters today that the Managing Director of the agency, Engr. Saleh Dunoma gave the order for the clearing of the bush, which would make the area visible during the day and night operations for departing and arriving flights into the Lagos airport. SaharaReporters was at the airside of the airport today, to confirm the de...
IOM, EU Evacuate 134 More Nigerians From Libya
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IOM, EU Evacuate 134 More Nigerians From Libya

The International Organisation for Migration and the European Union have evacuated 134 more Nigerians from Libya. Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, spokesperson for the National Emergency Management Agency, South-West Zone, confirmed the development to the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday in Lagos. Farinloye said the new batch of returnees arrived at the Cargo Wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos on Friday at 10.20 p.m. He said the Nigerians returned aboard a BURAQ Airlines Boeing 737-800 aircraft with Registration Number 5A-DMG. According to him, the returnees comprise 10 adult females, 123 adult males and one infant, including a medical case. He said they were also received by officials of the Nigerian Immigration Service, the National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffi...
President Buhari Appoints 209 Board Chairmen
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President Buhari Appoints 209 Board Chairmen

President Muhammadu Buhari in one fell swoop on Friday appointed 209 board chairmen and 1,258 members of government owned agencies and parastatals, redeeming a part of the pledge he made 31 October at the National Executive Committee meeting of his All Progressives Congress. More appointments are on the way, said Mr. Boss Mustapha, secretary to the Government of the Federation, who announced the massive batch of appointees. At the APC NEC meeting, President Buhari also hinted he would expand his cabinet by appointing more ministers. The latest appointments, the largest President Buhari ever made since 2015, saw Mallam Wada Maida, a former editor-in-chief and managing director of The News Agency of Nigeria, returning as its chairman. Appointed as one of the board members is Mr. Isa...
Power Failure Cripples Flight Operations At Lagos Airport
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Power Failure Cripples Flight Operations At Lagos Airport

For three days running, flight operations at the General Aviation Terminal (GAT) of the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA), Lagos have been crippled due to the incessant power failure at the terminal. Virtually all the airlines operating at the terminal on Tuesday experienced flight disruptions while passengers were made to wait endlessly to check in for departure. The airlines on Tuesday and early today, did profiling of some of their passengers manually, a situation, which caused slow check-in process at the terminal. The airlines affected by the disruption to services include Arik Air, Overland, Air Peace, part operations of Med-View and Aero Contractors Airlines. The cause of the power failure could not be ascertained as at the time of filing this report, but a source close to th...
Chaos At Lagos Airport As FAAN Uses Baggage Claim Carousel For Cargo
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Chaos At Lagos Airport As FAAN Uses Baggage Claim Carousel For Cargo

he baggage claim area of Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos was in chaos on Monday morning, as passengers could not receive their checked-in luggage. A SaharaReporters correspondent at the airport observed that Qatar Airways passengers who landed in Lagos at 10:15 a.m. could not retrieve their luggage, as the carousels designed for passengers' baggage claim had been converted to cargo carousels. Our correspondent learned that the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) was responsible for converting the baggage claim carousels to cargo carousels. The cabin crew were also affected by the change, as our correspondent noted that it took 45 minutes for the crew members to retrieve their luggage. Cabin crew normally retrieve their luggage almost immediately upon landing...
FAAN Assures Air Travellers Of Safety, Comfort
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FAAN Assures Air Travellers Of Safety, Comfort

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has assured air travelers and other airport users that her network of airports across the country were fully prepared for the usual surge in passenger traffic that is the norm during the yuletide. FAAN gave the assurance in a statement signed by its General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Mrs Henrietta Yakubu, on Monday in Lagos. Yakubu noted that security had been beefed up at all airports, especially the major international gateways in Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt and Kano. According to her, this is to ensure that passengers and airport users make use of airport facilities, without any security threat. She said: “At our premier airport, the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos, a multi-storey car park was recently inaugurated to ease gro...
EFCC Will Not Spare Corrupt Aviation Workers– Magu
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EFCC Will Not Spare Corrupt Aviation Workers– Magu

The Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu has said the Commission will stop at nothing in dealing decisively with any worker in the aviation sector involved in acts of corruption. Magu gave the warning on Thursday at the anti-corruption sensitization programme organized by the EFCC for the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and other aviation sector workers in Abuja. According to him, the warning was necessary due to the series of reported cases of corruption in the aviation sector, ranging from misuse of funds, bribery, extortion, to abuse of authority by officials at the airports. He asserted that the EFCC, as the agency mandated to fight corruption in Nigeria, was determined more than ever before to rid all government Ministrie...
Runway Repairs – FAAN Orders Partial Closure Of Enugu Airport
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Runway Repairs – FAAN Orders Partial Closure Of Enugu Airport

Lagos — To enable repair works on the runway of Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has announced that there will be skeletal operations at the airport while the work is on-going. In a statement issued yesterday, signed by the General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Mrs Yakubu Henrietta, the agency stated that, with effect from 14th December, 2017, the Authority will embark on a palliative repair work on the Runway of Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu. According to FAAN, the first phase of the repair work commenced on the 14th to 21st December 2017, while the second phase will be from the 27th December 2017, to 4th January, 2018. FAAN further directed that, consequently, the runway will open for operations from 0700 hours loc...
Be Mindful Of CCTV Cameras – FAAN Tells Airport Users
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Be Mindful Of CCTV Cameras – FAAN Tells Airport Users

Mr Saleh Dunoma, Managing Director, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), has warned airport users to be mindful of the Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) camera at the nation’s airports. Dunoma gave the warning at the Anti-Corruption Sensitisation Programme organised for the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and Aviation Sector Workers at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, on Thursday. He disclosed that FAAN had started recording all activities of airport users from the tollgate till they boarded aircraft in its resolve to support the fight against corruption and other crimes. Dunoma said that the authority was collaborating with all security agencies operating at the airport to aid timely and proper investigation into incidences of theft and money ...
Akanu Ibiam Airport Certified Ready For Emergency Response
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Akanu Ibiam Airport Certified Ready For Emergency Response

Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu, has been certified as ready for emergence response any time such challenges‎ occur. The Federal‎ Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, which conducted a mock exercise to test it’s emergency response capability at the airport said it was satisfied with the mock response. The exercise which created panic in some passengers who were not aware that it was‎ a test case, was a stage-managed aircraft crash with 20 passengers on board. The incident commander at the airport, Mrs. Nkafon Goodluck, said they tested an emergency of an aircraft with a failed engine which crash landed and ignited fire. “We tackled the emergency, only one person died out of the 20 passengers on board,” she reported. The General manager operations‎ at the airport, Mrs. ...
Another 258 Nigerians Return From Libya
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Another 258 Nigerians Return From Libya

Eight days after 149 Nigerians voluntarily returned from Libya, another batch of 258 on Tuesday came back home from the North African country where they had been stranded on their way to Europe. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the returnees were brought back aboard a Libyan Airlines aircraft with Registration Number 5A-LAU. The Airbus 330-200 aircraft touched down at the Cargo Wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos at about 8.45pm. The returnees, who were assisted back to Nigeria by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), comprised of 238 female adults, seven teenage girls and one infant, while the male were seven adults, two teenage boys and three baby boys. They were received by the Director General of the National Emergency Management Agency, N...
We Are Not Indebted To FAAN – Bi-Courtney
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We Are Not Indebted To FAAN – Bi-Courtney

Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited (BASL), operator of the Murtala Muhammed Airport two (MMA2), says it is not indebted to the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN). The company said this in reaction to the claim that it is owing the agency N2 billion. The National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE), Air Transport Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSAN) and the National Union of Pensioners (NUP) reportedly said this at a press conference in Lagos on Wednesday. In a statement by Steve Omolale, spokesman of the company, Bi-Courtney said it decided to respond to “prevent the unions from misleading the public”. “We have decided to respond. Bi-Courtney is not indebted to FAAN. On the contrary, it is FAAN and the federal government that are indebted to Bi-Courtne...
FAAN, NiMet Get International Certification – Minister
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FAAN, NiMet Get International Certification – Minister

Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has received international certification for Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, from Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA). The Minister of State, Aviation, Hadi Sirika, while receiving the certification of FAAN and Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) in Abuja on Tuesday, said both certificates were huge achievements toward security and safety in the aviation sector. He said that Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, was the first international Airport in Nigeria to meet the requirement by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and NCAA regulations. “This is indeed a huge achievement as far as we are concerned, Mr President had told us to secure this country and manage it, therefore, inline with ...
Fed Govt Okays Concession Of Additional Airports, Transaction Advisers
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Fed Govt Okays Concession Of Additional Airports, Transaction Advisers

The Federal Government on Tuesday said it has approved the concession of Kano and Port Harcourt airports, as well as transaction advisers for the process. The Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, disclosed this while speaking on the certification of Nigerian airports at the ministry’s headquarters in Abuja. On September 11, 2017, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, said the Federal Executive Council had agreed to the concession of the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos and the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport, Abuja. The vice-president did not mention the Kano and Port Harcourt airports. But Sirika, while commenting on the latest certification obtained by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria for the MMA, noted that FEC had also approved the concession of both Kano and Port Harcourt a...
Confusion At Lagos Airport Over Power Outage
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Confusion At Lagos Airport Over Power Outage

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has expressed regret over Wednesday’s minor power outage that disrupted business at the terminal of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos. Mrs Henrietta Yakubu, the General Manager, Corporate Communications, said in a statement on Thursday that the agency regretted the disruption which occurred on Wednesday night. For about an hour activities at the airport came to a halt following an outage as travellers struggled to conduct their activities in the darkness. Yakubu said FAAN engineers were immediately mobilised to restore power to the public concourse. “The airport on Wednesday experienced a minor power outage but our team of engineers has immediately swung into action and normalcy had been restored in the aff...
Airports Ready For Eid-El-Kabir – FAAN
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Airports Ready For Eid-El-Kabir – FAAN

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) on Wednesday assured all airport users that its facilities were fully ready to play host to air travellers during the Eid-el-Kabir celebrations. The General Manager, Corporate Affairs, FAAN, Mrs Henrietta Yakubu, made this known in a statement issued to newsmen in Lagos. The Federal Government has declared Friday, Sept. 1 and Monday, Sept. 4 as public holiday to celebrate the muslim festival. Yakubu noted that the VIP Protocol Lounge at the General Aviation Terminal, Lagos, had recently been refurbished to give maximum comfort and value to its customers. According to her, this was part of FAAN’s preparations to ensure seamless facilitation of FAAN’s highly esteemed passengers during the Sallah celebrations and beyond. “Also, m...
No Explosion At Lagos Airport – FAAN
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No Explosion At Lagos Airport – FAAN

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has declared that there was no explosion at the Hajj /Cargo axis of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos. Recall that there was anxiety and palpable fear around the terminal in the early hours of Tuesday due to rumours of an explosion at the airport. FAAN, in a statement, revealed that it was caused by an unattended bag, which was blown up by the Police Bomb Disposal Unit, when nobody claimed ownership of the bag. According to the Acting General Manager, Public Affairs at FAAN, Mrs. Henrietta Yakubu, passengers are to keep their belongings close to them when undergoing profiling and check in procedures at the airport. “The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria wishes to refute rumoured bomb scare at the Hajj a...
5% PSC Remittance: Unlawfully Robbing FAAN To Pay AIB – Unions
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5% PSC Remittance: Unlawfully Robbing FAAN To Pay AIB – Unions

Two aviation unions have rejected the recent ministerial directive that five per cent of the revenue collected by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria from Passengers Service Charge should be remitted to the Accident Investigation Bureau. The unions described the remittance as “trying to unlawfully rob FAAN to pay AIB when both are established by law stipulating their source of funding”. The unions — Association of Nigeria Aviation Professionals and Nigeria Union Of Pensioners, FAAN Branch — made their position known in a letter dated July 7 and addressed to President Muhammadu Buhari. A copy of the letter which was jointly signed by the Secretary General of ANAP, Mr Abdul Saidu, and NUP General Secretary, Mr Emeka Njoku, was obtained on Monday in Lagos. The unions urged t...
No Compromise On Osinbajo’s Executive Orders – Aviation Agencies
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No Compromise On Osinbajo’s Executive Orders – Aviation Agencies

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, on Tuesday said it would be uncompromising in the implementation of the Federal Government’s Executive Order at airports in the country. The Managing Director of FAAN, Saleh Dunoma, made this known after a meeting with all the participating agencies at the committee level set up to fast track the implementation of the order at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos. “As indicated by the executive order, there will be no compromise with the procedures. This means whatever security procedure or security checks we adopt, will not be compromised. “I told them that we have to meet the deadline set by the executive order. They have mapped out their strategy in line with the order, but they need to meet regularly to ensure that ...
Buhari Makes New Appointments For FAAN, NCAA, NAMA, Rural Electrification Agency
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Buhari Makes New Appointments For FAAN, NCAA, NAMA, Rural Electrification Agency

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday confirmed the appointment of Engr. Saleh Dunoma as the Managing Director of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN). The President also confirmed the appointments of Captain Mukhtar Usman as the Director-General of Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) and Captain Fola C. Akinkotu as the Managing Director of Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) respectively. A statement issued by the Director (Press), Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Bolaji Adebiyi, said the appointments take immediate effect. President Buhari also approved the appointment of a new Board and Executive Management for Rural Electrification Agency. According to the statement, the Chairman of the Board is Engr. Umaru Maza Maza, whi...
The Abuja-kaduna Airports: A Testimony – Reuben Abati
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The Abuja-kaduna Airports: A Testimony – Reuben Abati

I have just returned from Abuja travelling through the Kaduna airport. As we disembarked from the aircraft and moved towards the arrival section, I could hear an announcement being made. The diction of the announcer was clear. She didn’t sound like those On-Air-Personalities (OAP, they are called) who speak as if they have hot water on their tongues. Airport continuity announcers in Nigeria tend to imitate these OAPs. This has been for me a great source of irritation. The last time I travelled from Lagos to Abuja, for example, I missed my flight because I just could not figure out what was being said. I was stranded because someone chose to speak fake English. The electronic boards at Nigerian airports where they are available, are unreliable and so, you invariably have to rely on those...
37 Nigerians Deported From Italy Arrive Murtala Muhammed International Airport
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37 Nigerians Deported From Italy Arrive Murtala Muhammed International Airport

The Italian government has deported another batch of Nigerians for committing immigration-related offences in the country, just two weeks after it deported 33 Nigerians. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the fresh 37 deportees arrived at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMlA) Lagos, on Tuesday night. The deportees,who are all males, were brought back in a chartered aircraft with registration number OM-IEX. DSP Joseph Alabi, the spokesman of the Lagos Airport Police Command, confirmed the development to NAN. The deportees were received by officers of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) , the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) and the Police. Also on ground to receive them were officials the Federal Airports Authori...

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