The federal government has upgraded the Benin Airport to perform night flights and flights during low visibility with the installation of Precision Approach Lighting System and Instrument Landing System Category II, commissioned by the Minister of State for Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika.
Sirika during the commissioning of the equipment at Benin Airport said the executive governor of the state, Mr. Gowin Obaseki had expressed his worries on why aircraft cannot land at night, during bad weather and low visibility and why there is no ILS.
"From now on, you have the Instrument Landing System which can allow pilots in reduced visibility and bad weather to be able to shoot on approach and land in Benin, just like they will do in London. And also, it is no longer closure from 6pm. The operational capability of the airport has improved with the installation of these equipment."
The minister also said that the Federal Ministry of Transportation (Aviation) through Nigeria Meteorological Services (NiMet) has constructed and donated a meteorological station to University of Benin (UNIBEN).
He hinted on the plan to construct a cargo terminal at the Benin Airport. "Here in Benin, We will site an Agro-allied Cargo Terminal. We will soon commence civil works and the governor had promised the state participation."
Governor Godwin Obaseki, in his response acknowledged a cordial relationship with the Federal Government to be able to partner on projects.
"Benin Airport which was built over 60 years ago, is one of the oldest airports in the country because it was built in 1956.
"It is today being upgraded so that it can be ranked as an airport to match any other airport in this world by equipping it with the kind of instrument which a modern day airport should have."