The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has announced that the Kaduna International Airport has been equipped to handle 24-hour operations for both local and international flights.
The spokesman for NCAA, Mr. Sam Adurogboye said all the necessary steps to ensure that the status of the airport as an alternate aerodrome to the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, (NAIA) during its closure had been put in place.
“The navigational aids have been well calibrated and fully functional to facilitate continuous smooth landings and takeoffs.
“Therefore, towards a seamless flight operations in line with Standard and Recommended Practices (SARPs), all relevant departments and directorates with full complement of staff have been redeployed to Kaduna from the aviation agencies,” he said.
Adurogboye further said NCAA’s regional managers in Abuja and Kaduna offices were on hand to allow for smooth integration of the additional staff coming to Kaduna.
“To sustain the safety and security of airline operations, a team of aviation safety inspectors from the directorate of airworthiness standards, directorate of consumer protection, directorate of air transport regulations, directorate of aerodrome and airspace standard, and aviation security personnel are already at the airport.
The national security committee has designed and got approval for the Security programme to cover the airport and its environs during the six weeks closure.
All the relevant aviation agencies, NCAA, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), Nigerian Customs and Excise, (NCS), Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), Nigerian Police Force and other security services are all at the airport to provide unhindered facilitation of passenger traffic and flights.
“At the commencement of flights, it is expected that the Ethiopian Airlines (ET) will be the first scheduled airline to arrive the Kaduna International Airport upon the closure of Abuja Airport,” he added.