PILOTS SEEK CLOSURE OF BENIN AND ENUGU AIRPORTS.
***They're accidents waiting to happen.
***they have bad and outdated facilities.
Aircraft pilots have called on the aviation authorities to shut the Enugu and Benin airports for comprehensive repair of their runways.
They describe the facilities as pathetic.
The pilots say the runways are accidents waiting to happen and have therefore called for the closure of the airports to fix the facility critical to safe landings and take-offs.
This came less than two weeks after the South-East governors called for emergency repairs of the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu.
At a stakeholders’ forum organised by the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) in Lagos, one of the pilots, Captain Chris Najomo, said government must quickly address the problem for the safety of air travellers.
According to him, “The runway in Benin Airport is pathetic, dangerous, an accident waiting to happen. Please, let them do something about the Benin Airport; you can close it and resurface it, Benin and Enugu.”
He also pointed out that the second taxiway at the Lagos airport that had been shut for over 10 years should be given attention.
“We are having potholes on the taxiway in Lagos, it is becoming more and more dangerous, so, if we need to do something about it,” Najomo said.
Najomo also stated the need for pilots to be civil when talking to air traffic controllers, just as he urged chief pilots of airlines to enlighten their pilots to respect controllers as, according to him, “80 per cent of them were not disciplined on the radio.” He also appealed to the controllers to do same.