The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) has forecasted the occurrence of moderate to severe outbreaks of dust in the country during this harmattan period between November 2015 to March 2016.
It warned that severe outbreaks of dusts can reduce atmospheric visibility significantly and thus impact negatively on flight operations
Based on the above, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority has sent a circular to all airmen, alerting them of the forecast and asking them to take precautions.
In the circular signed by Muhtar Usman, director general of the NCAA, all Airline Operators and Pilots shall comply with the following:-
i). Ensure that adequate departure, en route and destination weather information are obtained from NIMET prior to flight operations.
ii) Exercise maximum restraint when adverse weather is observed or forecasted by NIMET.
iii) Ensure that flight operations are scheduled with adequate weather information from NIMET to minimise delay or cancellation of flight operations.
He said all concerned are required to always strictly comply with laid down Regulations and State minima.