The federal government has revealed that most airlines in the country are yet to upgrade their airplanes for bad weather. Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika in his speech at the public presentation of the 2022 Seasonal Climate Prediction and the 2021 State of the Climate in Nigeria organized by the Nigerian Meteorological Agency on Tuesday February 15, said failure of the carriers to upgrade their flight equipment has led to incessant flight delays and cancellations by domestic airlines.
Sirika also revealed that most of the airlines have not adequately trained their pilots to take advantage of the latest Instrument Landing Systems deployed at airports by the Federal Government. Insisting that the Federal Government has tried to provide globally acceptable equipment to aid flight activities, the Minister added;
“We put Category-3 ILS (Instrument Landing System) that you can use to land in 0.00hours. Unfortunately, some of the airlines or most of the airlines have not upgraded their own aeroplanes and trained their own pilots to take advantage of this equipment to be able to land.
“So we’ve done our bit and we also want to call on operators to please do same in the interest of safety and efficiency of our industry.