So right now, it is difficult for airplanes to land under difficult weather conditions especially with the harmattan haze spreading across the sky.

But come this February, airplanes that operate in and into Nigeria will start landing at two of the Nigeria’s busiest international airports during periods of poor visibility.

This is according to the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency, NAMA.

NAMA’s Managing Director, Captain Fola Akinkuotu, who disclosed this during an interview in Abuja, stated that the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, and the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, would from the first quarter of next year become capable of receiving airplanes during periods of poor visibility.

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He said: “We are close to achieving a higher level of landing navigational aid in Abuja. Except for some bureaucratic bottlenecks, we should have had a CAT-3 (Category Three) landing system here which will improve our capability to land airplanes under very poor visibility.

“And I mean under very poor visibility atmospheric condition that is poorer than what we have right now.”

He said the airports currently have the Category Two Instrument Landing System but explained that it is being upgraded to Category Three, which would enable aircraft to land even in near-zero visibility.

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