Following approval by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) to Anambra State government to operate Boeing 737-700 aircraft and its equivalent at Anambra International Cargo and Passenger Airport, Umueri, Governor Willie Obiano paid an inspection visit to the facility to ensure that work is going according schedule.
Government House Correspondent, Ejike Abana reports that the Governor inspected some facilities being mounted including the escalators and conveyors, among others.
Speaking to the press at the VIP lunge shortly after the inspection , Governor Obiano who expressed satisfaction that Ndi Anambra and others have been traveling through the airport since it’s commissioning and explained that the upgrade implies that bigger aircrafts that can carry between three hundred and three hundred and fifty passengers per time can now land at the airport.
According to the Governor, the fire category of the airport has been upgraded from category five to category six and explained that when the fire trucks from Germany arrives, it will be further upgraded to category nine.
He said that it is the best because the DVR and ILS have been energized to guide planes, pointing out that code for the satellite landing system will soon come, after which they will commence the calibration, making Anambra Airport the only airport that have such equipment in Nigeria.
While describing it as a first-class facility and the best in Africa with its good finishing and beauty, the Governor disclosed that aviation fuel is now being sold in the airport and called on Ndi Anambra to continue to patronize the facility, assuring that soon, the lighting arrangement at the tarmac will be fully done and launched.
Recall that in a letter dated 24th January, 2022, the Airport regulator communicated the Governor about the latest upgrade of the facility based on satisfactory inspection carried out by the aerodrome safety inspectors to ascertain the readiness of the airport on the upgrade in fire cover from category five to category six.