By Kelvin Osa Okunbor
Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has issued Advisory Circular to caution Pilots, Airline Operators and others on severe dust haze/fog phenomenon prevalent in Nigerian airports.
Significantly, the civil aviation regulator said expected adverse weather condition will subsist in December over the Southern part of the country.
Its Spokesman and General Manager, Public Relations, Sam Adurogboye who disclosed this, said early morning fog may also be experienced in the months ahead especially along the coastal areas.
To ensure efficient flight operations, he said pilots, airline operators and air traffic controllers are directed to comply with the weather advisory.
Specifically, the NCAA official said Flight Crew/Operators and Air Traffic Controllers shall be conversant with each aerodrome weather minima and ensure strict adherence to the requirements.
He said: “Air Traffic Controllers may temporarily close airspace when hazardous weather conditions such as heavy fog or severe dust haze reducing the visibility to below airport operating minimal are observed or forecasted by Nigerian Meteorological Agency.
“Pilots/Flight Crew Members shall obtain adequate departure, en-route and destination weather information and briefing from NIMET Aerodrome Offices prior to flight operations.
“Pilots shall exercise maximum restraint whenever adverse weather is observed or forecast by NIMET and briefed passengers accordingly. Travelling public are however urged to exercise restraint and show understanding in this yuletide month as flights may be delayed or cancelled on account of weather situations.”