This was disclosed yesterday in
It would be recalled that the Kabo plane which was conveying over 400 passengers from KanoAirport enroute Saudi Arabia had to do an emergency landing at the SokotoAirport. After the plane landed it was discovered that its tyres were deflated and it damaged some parts of the instrument landing system at the airport. The pilot also did not comply with the directive given by air traffic controllers on duty that the plane should land on runway 08 , but rather diverted to another runway.
The passengers on board who were on pilgrimage to
In her own remarks at the occasion, the minister dismissed complaints of foreign airlines operating in the country over high operating cost as mere propaganda.
She further explained that the proportion of the airlines cost which could be attributed to taxation was less than four percent of their total operating cost.
Commenting on the Federal Government's plan to float a national carrier, she said it would be actualised before the end of this month.
She further stated that so far, her ministry had spent a total of N648 million on the rehabilitation of the general aviation terminals in various airports across the country.
She further stated that at the onset of the present administration, she conducted a general review of the infrastructure in the sector and replaced all the equipment that had become obsolete.
Said she: " Our airspace management has become a model in the region and the
She said that the Federal Government will continue to improve on what has been achieved so far insisting that the nation's air space is very safe.
She further stated that the present administration had to intervene to assist some ailing airlines to enable them remain in business, adding that this was based on a business model that was designed together with
"This facility which would be extended to certain airlines which must satisfy some criteria would be repayable over a period of 30 years," she said.
She further stated that the purpose for assisting the affected airlines is to ensure that they provide new and healthy aircraft for the flying public, and explained that the Federal Government could not always intervene in the sector since this would be the third time it had happened.
In his own comments at the session, the Managing Director of
Said he: " Presently, we have conventional lighting sustained by public power supply. We also have solar and battery powered lighting to take care of blackouts from public power supply. The era of a plane having problems of landing because of blackout from public power supply has been addressed." .
He further explained that Nigerian pilots could now communicate with the air traffic controllers of other countries in
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