The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has approved flight operations at the newly-built Anambra airport effective Thursday, December 2.
The NCAA, in a letter by Musa Nuhu, the director-general, dated December 1 and addressed to Willie Obiano, the governor of Anambra state, urged strict adherence to safety, security, and COVID-19 requirements at the airport at all times.
Nuhu recalled NCAA’s initial response not to approve the airport for flight operations after commissioning, saying that the agency was unable to grant Obiano’s request due to security concerns.
“However, I now wish to inform His Excellency that the NCAA has received clearance from the relevant security agency approving the opening of Anambra International Cargo Airport for flight operations”, Nuhu added.
He further stated that in view of that and in line with the provisions of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulations (Nig. CARs) Part 126.96.36.199 (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 noted that the operation shall be Visual Flight Rules (VFR) only, meaning sunrise to sunset, adding that “whenever outstanding requirements are met, all restrictions will be removed”.
Speaking to journalists on Thursday, Marcel Ifejiofor, Anambra state commissioner for works, praised the efforts of Obiano who he said never relented, even while on vacation to ensure that the Anambra airport becomes operational ahead of the Christmas 2021 mass return of the people of Anambra living in the diaspora and other visitors.
“With this NCAA clearance, airlines already approved by the relevant authorities to operate at the Anambra airport such as Air Peace, Ibom Air, United Nigeria, and others are expected to start scheduling flights into and out of the airport immediately,” he said.