… says only visual flights allowed for now
The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has given the all-clear to the Anambra State Government to put to use its multibillion naira airport. The NCAA, in a letter by the Director-General, Capt. Musa Nuhu, dated December 1, 2021, entitled: “Approval for opening Anambra International Cargo Airport”, and addressed to the Governor of the state, Willie Obiano, urged the state government to adhere strictly to safety, security, and COVID-19 requirements at the airport at all times.
Nuhu recalled NCAA’s initial response not to approve the airport for flight operations after commissioning, stressing that the agency was unable to grant Obiano’s request due to adverse secu-rity reports which were conveyed to the governor on October 28, 2021, vide letter with reference number NCAA/ AC/015/21/VOL/162.
“However, I now wish to inform His Excellency that the NCAA has received clearance from relevant security agencies approving the opening of Anambra International Cargo Airport for flight operations,” said Nuhu. He further stated that in view of that and in line with the provisions of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulations (Nig. CARs) Part 184.108.40.206 (C): “I am pleased to inform His Excellency that the Authority hereby grants Anambra State government approval to operate category B aircraft (Dash8-Q400 or its equivalent on rescue and fire category 5), with effect from December 2, 2021.”
The NCAA DG noted that the operation shall be Visual Flight Rules (VFR) only, meaning sunrise to sunset, adding that, “whenever outstanding requirements are met, all restrictions will be removed”. At the commissioning of the project a few weeks ago, the governor said five airlines had been approved to commence operation at the airport, including Air Peace, United Nigeria Airline, Dana Airline, Ibom Airline, and Anap Jets. Hesaidhewasdetermined to establish the airport after more than 30 years of the creation of Anambra State. The governor also revealed that the airport was completed in 15 months and was optimistic of regulatory approval to commence operations.