By Favour Nnabugwu
The Federal government has finally granted approval to Anambra International Cargo Airport, Umueri to commerce the operation of visual, that is, day time flight.
In a letter by the Director-General, iNgerian Civil Aviation Authority , NCAA, Captain Musa Nuhu dated December 1, 2021, entitled, ‘Approval for opening Anambra International Cargo Airport”, and addressed to the Governor of Anambra State, Willie Obiano , the regulator said approval has now been given after getting favourable security reports that the airport can now operate flights.
Nuhu said ” NCAA’s initial response not to approve the airport for flight operations after commissioning was due to adverse security reports which were conveyed to the Governor on October 28, 2021, vide letter with reference number- NCAA/AC/015/21/VOL/162.”
“However, I now wish to inform His Excellency that NCAA has received clearance from relevant security agency approving the opening of Anambra International Cargo Airport for flight operations”.
“In view of that and in line with the provisions of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulations (Nig. CARs) Part 22.214.171.124 (C), I am pleased to inform His Excellency that the Authority hereby grants Anambra State government approval to operate category B aircraft (Dash8-Q400 or its equivalent on rescue and fire category 5), with effect from December 2, 2021”.
The NCAA DG further said that the “operation shall be Visual Flight Rules (VFR) only, meaning sunrise to sunset. Whenever outstanding requirements are met, all restrictions will be removed”.
He however urged the state government to adhere strictly to safety, security, and COVID-19 requirements at the airport at all times.
Recall at the commissioning of the airport few weeks ago, Governor Willie Obiano said five airlines have been approved to commence operation at the airport. The airlines are Air Peace, United Nigeria Airline, Dana Air, Ibom Air, and Anap Jets