Flight operations are set to commence at the domestic Runway 18L/36R, of the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA) in Lagos.
This disclosure was made in a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) A0441/22 NOTAMC A0438/22Q emanating from the Aeronautical Information Services ( AIS) of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency.
According to the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), the runway lighting was completed sometime last week but the reopening was delayed to ensure full reliability tests are conducted and passed.
The 2.7 kilometres (2,700m) long runway 18L/36R was shut down by FAAN on July 7, 2022 for 90 days to install approach lights, Runway Lights (Threshold and Centre, edge light and others so that it can return to full 24/7 operations and ease the burden of operators. FAAN meets airlines, plans Runway 18L/36R closure for AFL installation from July 7
Although the runway exceeded the 90 day period allotted for the completion of the job, FAAN managing director, Captain Rabiu Hamisu Yadudu had during the cause of the installation said he would rather delay and do a thorough job instead of the alternative.
The runway rehabilitated and resurfaced in 2008 was commissioned without airfield lighting ( AFL) restricting airline operators to daylight operations only and causing untold hardships with regards taxiing from the international and burning over 10 minutes worth of Jet A1 hugely impacting on their costs. FAAN declares Runway 18L/36R 90% done; intends to carry out thorough job
With the runways return to service, the unnecessary 10-20 minutes fuel burn each time they land on the international runway taxiing to the domestic, cumulating to billions will end and airlines can equally schedule flights to the airport to maximize aircraft usage.
Stakeholders could not hold their joy over the new development and so are eagerly waiting to start experiencing the benefits of the runway 18L/36R once it is fully launched.