The Murtala Muhammed International Airport has become the first of four airports to be certified by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority ( NCAA) in line with the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) laid down rules.

This is the first international airport out of the four that would be certified in the next few weeks; the others are the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano and the Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa.

Speaking at the award ceremony at the NCAA head office in Lagos yesterday, the Director-General of NCAA, Muhtar Usman, said, “The certification is an enabler for the attainment of a regional hub which Nigeria desires for Lagos and Abuja. It is an enabler for airports in its territory to meet regulatory safety requirements on a continuous basis, and that it is providing uniform conditions for safe and efficient operation of aircraft from all other States, as required by Article 15 of the Chicago Convention.

“Aerodrome Certification is, therefore, an ICAO strategy for the standardisation and harmonisation of airport services, facilities and procedures, as well as ensuring uniformity in safety-critical aerodrome elements irrespective of differences in ownership and management of such aerodromes,” Usman further said.

The endorsement followed safety and standard audit of the airport in line with the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations (NCARs). With the revalidation, the insurance premium on aircraft using the airport will reduce and process of its concession to investors can now be fast-tracked.
The certificate entitles FAAN to operate the airport for the purpose of take-off and landing of aircraft engaged in flight for scheduled and non-scheduled commercial operations. According to the Director-General of FAAN, the certification process which began in 2006 is a clear indication that the airport had met regulatory safety requirements on a continuous basis.

It would be recalled that the Murtala Muhammed International Airport began flight operations 38 years ago.


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