THE National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE), says the decision by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) to discontinue granting approval for extension requests to airlines that operate into sunrise and sunset airports is a great move and has thrown its weight behind it.
President, NAAPE Engr. Abednego Galadima who spoke to newsmen said that the decision to stop flight extension request to airlines by the managements of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) was a step in the right direction.
According to him, inasmuch the decision was based on security and safety, the decision could not be compromised. READ ALSO: FAAN halts extension to operate into sunrise, sunset airports across Nigeria
He, however, appealed to the players in the sector, especially airline operators to adhere strictly to their schedules to avoid a crisis in their operations, stressing that once this is adhered to, disruption to service would be avoided.
He said: “If the intention is based on safety and security of airlines and persons, it is not out of place. I don’t think the intention is to short-change the airlines.
“I will only advise the airlines to ensure that they adhere strictly to their schedules instead of asking for extension by FAAN and the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA). As you know, safety and security are our top priority in the industry and can’t be compromised.”