As part of plans to resume international flight operations in the Country, the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) has created nine new Performance Based Navigation (PBN) Area Navigation 10 (RNAV10) regional routes across the nation’s airspace.
Making this disclosure in a press release, the Managing Director of NAMA, Capt. Fola Akinkuotu, listed the newly created PBN routes as; UQ300 which connects Lagos to the Central African Republic; UY604 linking Abuja, Port Harcourt to Southern Africa; UQ181 connecting East and Central Africa to Europe through Nigerian airspace and UQ400 connecting Southern Africa to North Africa through Nigeria to Europe.
Also created are UQ324 from Adis Ababa to Niamey through Nigeria; UY333 from Tunisia/Algeria to Lagos; UY87 from East and Central Africa through Nigeria to Accra and Abidjan; UY57 from East and Central Africa through Nigeria coastal airspace to Cotonou, Lome and Abidjan as well as UQ200 connecting Yaonde to Lagos.
Akinkuotu also disclosed that apart from the PBN routes, NAMA has also created six new flight-plannable direct routes. These include OK DCT POLTO; ARDEX DCT EDUKO; LAG DCT XIRON DCT JOS; KORUT DCT KDA; POLTO DCT APRUN DCT DETAR/ KORUT and KELAK DCT POSIB DCT GURAP DCT IBA DCT POLTO.
He said: “The flight-plannable direct routes are to be used by compliant airlines’ flight management systems and would avail them the opportunity of flight- planning and routing within the Nigerian airspace from an entry point direct to an exit point without recourse to existing Air Traffic service (ATS) route network.”
Explaining further, Akinkuotu said the Agency embarked on the above initiative to enhance a regional connectivity, reduce flight time as well as fuel consumption for airlines, reduce C02 emission into the environment and reduce cost to operators, even as he said the move would also reduce pilot workload and enhance airspace capacity.