FAAN to close domestic runways 18L and 36R at the MMA in Lagos to install an airfield ground lighting system.
Airlines will use the international runway (18R/36L) for landing and take-off during the three-month period.
The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has announced the complete closure of the domestic runway of the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos for three months to enable some repairs and installation of Air Field Lighting to be done.
The development means that international and local airlines will use the international runway (18R/36L) for landing and take-off during the three-month period.
The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria confirmed the runway closure in a statement on Wednesday titled, Airfield lighting installation: FAAN to close domestic runway 18L/36R.
The statement read in part, “As part of efforts aimed at improving safety and efficiency of flight operations at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria has concluded arrangements to complete the installation of CAT III Airfield Ground Lighting system on Runway 18L/36R. The project, which will commence effectively on Friday, July 8, 2022, is expected to last for 90 days.
“Consequently, Runway 18L/36R will be closed to flight operations during this time. However, stakeholders are to note that there will be no disruption. All normal flight operations will be conducted through runway 18R/36L. A NOTAM (Notice to Air Men) to this effect has already been published and disseminated accordingly.”
The statement was issued by the Acting General Manager, Corporate Affairs, FAAN, Mrs. Faithful A. Hope-Ivbaze.
FAAN had reportedly held a meeting with airline operators on Tuesday where the timeframe and modalities were communicated.
However, airline operators and industry observers have said there may be slight delays to flights during the period.