The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has given the Murtala Mohammed Airport Terminal Two (MMA2), Victor Attah International Airport, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State and seven others until April 30, 2019 to settle their debts or be cut off from some vital services.
The other affected airports include the Jigawa State Airport, Kebbi State Airport, Gombe State Airport, Bayelsa International Cargo Airport, Taraba State Airport, Delta State Airport and the Osubi Airport both in Delta State.
“Following the notice of intention to sanction issued to owners/operators of private airports indebted to FAAN which lapses on Wednesday, 24th April 2019, FAAN hereby serves another seven days notice of grace till Tuesday, April 30, 2019, for them to settle the debts.
“In view of the above, the authority hereby notifies private airport operators that the services of our aviation security, as well as aerodrome rescue and fire fighting personnel, will no longer be available for operations of their airports with effect from Wednesday, May 1, 2019, as FAAN can no longer keep this personnel at airports
without payment,” FAAN said in a memo sent to the affected debtor airports.
According to the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), no planes should take off or land at airports without the services listed by FAAN.
In the absence of these services, the Nigeria Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) would be directed to issue a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) to restrict operations at the airports.