The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has stated that it has commenced an intensive re-assessment of runways of all airports in the country aiming at improving the efficiency of the facilities towards forestalling potential accidents on the runways.
This was made known to PortNews by Mrs. Henrietta Yakubu, General Manager, Corporate Affairs, FAAN, in Lagos.
According to Yakubu, ‘’although, the regular friction measurement for Port Harcourt International Airport was conducted in March 2019 and the result falls within the minimum friction coefficient level, the facility witnessed a skidding incident recently.
‘’It is therefore with the intention to increase the friction coefficient levels of our runways in accordance with NCAA advisory circular that the Authority is embarking on this exercise across the nation’s airports as the rain is becoming very heavy and unpredictable.’’
She noted that Authority had just carried out a de- rubberization exercise on Port Harcourt Airport runway between 15 and 22 June, 2019, to remove any contaminant as a short term measure to increase safety.