FAAN TO DEPLOY ROBOTS AROUND NIGERIAN AIRPORTS

As the country gears up to restart commercial flights, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria is set to deploy robots in its airports all over the country, The PUNCH has learnt. It was gathered that the robots would be used for passenger facilitation processes including profiling, check-ins, temperature checks as well as detection of security threats including dangerous goods and arms. Confirming the development, General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Henrietta Yakubu told our correspondent over the phone that the test run of the robots was done at the Lagos Airport on…

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AHEAD OF FLIGHT RESUMPTION: NON- TRAVELERS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED INTO AIRPORTS SAYS FAAN

Kayode Oyero Ahead of the resumption of commercial flights in the country, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria has advised non-travellers to stay away from airports. It also enjoined persons coming to pick up arriving passengers to remain in their cars until travellers exit airports’ entrances. The Authority made this known on Wednesday as part of the new protocols for the restart of flights amid the coronavirus pandemic. Announcing via Twitter, it wrote, “Non-travelling passengers will not be allowed into the Airport Terminal Buildings. People coming to pick up arriving passengers are advised…

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FAAN PREPARES FOR AIRPORT REOPENING, CONSULTS GERMAN COUNTERPARTS

Urowayino Jeremiah By Lawani Mikairu The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN on Thursday revealed that it has held a skype meeting with Munich International Airport, Munich, Germany in order to share experiences and compare notes on the effects of the COVID19 lockdown on the airports and how to have seamless reopening of the nation’s airports. According to the General Manager, Corporate Affairs, FAAN, Mrs. Herrietta Yakubu, the meeting was at the instance of the Managing Director of FAAN Captain Rabiu Hamisu Yadudu. ” It had in attendance the Munich…

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NIGERIAN AIRPORTS SET FOR REOPENING WITH NEW GUIDELINES SAYS FAAN,

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has said it has put in place arrangements on passenger facilitation, ahead of resumption of flights. The General Manager Corporate Affairs of FAAN, Henrietta Yakubu, stated this while speaking at an aviation webinar organised by Women in Aviation (WIA) Nigeria with the theme: “Aviation: The New Norm in the post COVID-19.” Yakubu warned passengers to expect delays and long hours of checks and re-checks from when they arrive the airport until they depart. She said noted escorts of VIPs would no longer be…

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FAAN SLASHES MAY STAFF SALARIES

Following dwindling revenue generation amidst Covid-19 pandemic, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria FAAN has slashed its May, 2020 salary. In a circular with ref number FAAN/HQ/ADMIN/2020/05 issued yesterday with the title: “Notice On Payment of Salary”, the FAAN management informed all staff that they may not be able to pay full salary to staff as from May, 2020. Percentage of the salary was not indicated in the circular which was equally distributed on the notice board at the headquarters in Lagos According to the circular signed by the general…

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FG GIVES FAAN, NCAA, OTHER AVIATION AGENCIES 45-DAY ULTIMATUM TO RELOCATE TO ABUJA

Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja The Federal Government has ordered all aviation agencies to relocate their headquarters to Abuja  within  45 days. The Ministry of Aviation  officials confirmed this on Friday, adding that the directive only involves four of the ministry’s agencies, as two other key parastatals  have their  headquarters in Abuja and Kaduna. This came as some employees of the affected agencies complained that there were few office spaces in Abuja to accommodate the workforce. However, it was learnt  that the directive by the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, is  aimed…

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17 NIGERIAN AIRPORTS NOT VIABLE, MAY BE SHUT

• Facilities incur N26.1b deficit in three years • How to overcome challenge, by stakeholders At least 17 out of the 20 airports owned and managed by the Federal Government have turned out to be unviable and have operated at a loss for three years. Except the trio of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos; Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA), Abuja; and Port Harcourt International Airport (PHIA), Rivers State, none of the other airports has sufficient revenue to cover the cost of operations alone. Investigations by The Guardian showed…

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FAAN REOPENS PORT HARCOURT AIRPORT AFTER FIRE INCIDENT

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) on Sunday announced the reopening of Port Harcourt International Airport after a fire outbreak which disrupted operations. FAAN made the announcement on their official twitter handle noting that normal flight activities have since commenced at the airport. “Following a careful evaluation and mitigation of the impact of the bush fire earlier reported around the Port Harcourt International Airport and the dissipation of smokes around the airside, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria wishes to inform the general public that the airport has now…

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FAAN TEMPORARILY CLOSES PORT HARCOURT AIRPORT TEMPORARILY

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has announced the temporary closure of Port Harcourt International Airport runway following a bush fire incident near the area.The General Manager, Corporate Affairs, FAAN, Mrs Henrietta Yakubu, made the announcement in a statement issued in Lagos on Saturday. Yakubu explained that the temporary closure of the runway as part of safety precautions. “A joint team from the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria and the Nigeria Airspace Management Agency is presently evaluating the situation. “This is with a view to ensuring that the airside…

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WEEKS AFTER ENUGU AIRPORT CLOSURE, FG IS PROPOSING TO SPEND 10BIL DOLLARS FOR THE RECONSTRUCTION OF ITS RUNWAY

Jacob Segun Olatunji & Kehinde Akintola –    Minister of Aviation, Senator Hardi Sirika is seeking President Muhammadu Buhari’s approval of the sum of $10 billion for the reconstruction of the runways of Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu State. The Minister, who disclosed this during an interactive meeting with members of the House of Representatives Committee on Aviation chaired by Hon Nnolim Nnaji, disclosed that Nigeria currently has bilateral air service agreements (BASAs) with 89 countries out of which 15 countries have expressed readiness to sign similar agreements while 13…

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