The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) Wednesday said a series of litigation was responsible for the non-removal of abandoned aircraft in various airports across the country.
FAAN also warned that should the time given to the owners of the aircraft elapse it would take steps to clear the abandoned aircraft because it distorts the master plan of Airports, adding that many of the aircraft were used as collateral for loans.
General Manager, Corporate Communications of FAAN, Mr. Yakubu Dati, stated this in Benin City, the Edo State capital, while fielding questions from journalists, after a tour of the reconstructed Benin Airport.
Dati said FAAN had advised owners of abandoned aircraft on ways to dispose them and still make profit.
According to him, “We are in the age of recycling and most of these planes were built with plastic and metals. We have advised owners on several ways to dispose of the aircraft and still make profit. By the time we are giving them elapses, FAAN will take steps to clear the abandoned aircraft because it distorts the master plan of Airports.”
Dati further explained that the inauguration of the reconstructed Benin Airport was put on hold because of the recent helicopter crash in Bayelsa State.
He noted that the Benin Airport, which was inaugurated 30 years ago was remodelled and reconstructed to become a centre piece of activities and hub of economic activities.
He said the remodelling of 11 airports across the country was to make the airports self sustaining and economically viable.
The General Manager further disclosed that the Benin Airport recorded 25,000 passengers on a monthly basis, adding that tariff on importation of aircraft spare parts was removed to lower the prices of air ticket.
“The airports are no longer like motor-parks, that is why we have world-class shops in the airports for travellers. The total picture is that Nigeria aviation should be able to contribute to GDP of the country,” he said.