The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), on Thursday, disclosed that the agency would soon commence the removal of abandoned aircraft from eight airports in the country.
FAAN’s General Manager, Public Affairs, Akin Olukunle, said the 65 identified planes would be removed by the end of the month.
“We are going ahead to remove the planes in the overall public interest. We have given enough time to the owners to do so, but some have not,” he said, adding that the planes were unserviceable. “We are not happy that a significant number of old aircraft belonging to inactive operators, currently create awful scenery several metres along the runway of many domestic airports across the country.”
It will be recalled that a recent ruling by a Lagos High Court had granted the agency permission to remove the aircraft.
Olukunle also said that the affected airlines would be made to pay for the cost of the exercise, adding that such planes could obstruct routine and emergency operations at the airports.
In his reaction, the Agency’s Managing Director, George Uriesi, had earlier said abandoned aircraft posed potential safety hazard to operations at the airports.
“The ultimatum is to ensure that the airport is further secured, especially at this time when Nigeria is faced with security concerns,” he added.