The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) Thursday disclosed that plans were underway to remove all abandoned aircraft in all the airports in the country.
This exercise, according to a statement signed by the General Manager, Corporate Communications, Yakubu Dati, had become necessary because the aircraft, having been abandoned for upwards of 10 years, constituted a serious safety hazard on the airside, apart from being an eyesore at these airports.
He said the authority was constrained to embark on this removal exercise because owners of these abandoned aircraft have deliberately refused to remove them despite all efforts made by the authority to make them do so, including meetings with the owners and publication of paid notices in various newspapers in the past five years.
“Some of the owners of these abandoned aircraft had taken FAAN to court over this issue and got court injunctions that made it difficult for the authority to carry out this exercise before now. Some of these cases have now been concluded hence the commencement of the removal exercise, at least for the abandoned aircraft which cases have been concluded.
“The authority hereby calls on all owners of abandoned aircraft to remove them from all our airports within the next one month as the presence of these aircraft negates the spirit of the current aviation master plan of the Federal Government,” Dati said.