Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, has issued an advisory circular to caution pilots, airline operators, and other stakeholders on the adverse effects of early morning harmattan fog occurrence prevalent in Nigerian airports.
As contained in the circular signed by the Director-General of the NCAA, Capt. Musa Nuhu, the agency explained that this adverse weather condition would subsist from October in the far North; November over the North Central; and December over the southern part of the country.
It added that the early morning fog may also be experienced in the months ahead, especially along with the coastal areas in the southern part of the country. The advisory according to the DG, was necessary to bring forth the evolving weather information to the attention of all stakeholders to enable them to perform their roles.
Nuhu advised that in order to ensure safe and efficient flight operations during this period, Pilots, Operators, and Air Traffic Controllers Pilots are now directed to observe a series of responsibilities, which include that crew/operators and air traffic controllers shall be conversant with each aerodrome weather minima and ensure strict adherence to the requirements.
“Air Traffic Controllers might 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 Nigeria Meteorological Agency (NIMET).
“Pilots/flight crewmembers shall obtain adequate departure, en-route and destination weather information and briefing from NIMET aerodrome offices prior to flight operations,” the circular said.
“The traveling public is however urged to exercise restraint and show understanding in this Yuletide month as flights may be delayed or canceled on account of weather situations.
“From the foregoing, the regulatory authority will expect strict compliance to this advisory circular as violation would be viewed seriously,” NCAA advised.