Nigerian aviation authority cautions airlines during rainy season

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Disinfectant workers disinfect a Lebanon Middle East airline arriving at at Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), after a five-month closure of the Nigerian airspace due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, flight resumptions beginning with Middle East Airline and British Airways airplanes in Lagos, on September 5, 2020. (Photo by Olukayode Jaiyeola/NurPhoto
Disinfectant workers disinfect a Lebanon Middle East airline arriving at at Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA).  (Photo by Olukayode Jaiyeola/NurPhoto

Nigerian aviation authority on Wednesday cautioned all pilots and airline operators over severe thunderstorms and other hazardous weather which hamper flight operations, especially during the rainy season.

Musa Nuhu, director-general for the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), said in a statement that the caution circular was coming on the advent of the Seasonal Climate Prediction released by the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) for the year 2021.

The NIMET said that the rainy season commenced in March in the southern states while it began in late April and June respectively in the central and northern parts of Nigeria.

Nuhu added that the circular was to the effects on safety and efficiency of flight operations, and to elicit the cooperation of the stakeholders to ensure the safety of air transport at all times.

He called for strict compliance to this warning and maximum sanction shall be imposed for non-compliance.

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