After half a decade, lighting was restored to the runway at the domestic wing of Nigeria’s main gateway Murtala Muhammed International Airport in the commercial city of Lagos Tuesday, the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) said.
NAMA spokesman Supo Atobatele said lighting at the 2.7-km Runway 18 Left was restored by NAMA engineers who worked through Monday night.
“What looks like a Christmas gift to the airlines, travellers and Nigerians in general, was made possible by the full co-operation of the federal government,” he said.
The absence of the airfield lighting on the runway forced domestic flights to land at the international wing of the busy airport after sunset
This means the airlines burn extra fuel as they taxi the long way to the domestic wing of the airport before disembarking their passengers.
The use of the runway at the international wing also caused delays in landing during the busy hours.
In all, the NAMA spokesman said 66 KALKIT brand of emergency airfield and additional two approach lights were deployed by the NAMA engineers.
KALKIT is the International Civil Aviation Organisation ICAO, US Federal Aviation Authority and the UK Civil Aviation Authority certified airfield lighting.