The Nigerian Government has downgraded the Asaba Airport in the Delta State over the state government's failure to implement security measures at the airport.
Following the downgrade, the airport will be allowed to operate only the Dash 8-Q 400 aircraft or its equivalent until it addresses the safety issues.
The move by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority is based on safety concerns including undulations on the airport's runway, lack of the required strip, perimeter fencing, drainage and shortage of adequately trained technical personnel.
Nigerian Ministry of Aviation press and public affairs assistant director James Odaudu said the decision comes after the state government failed to take concrete steps to resolve the issues at the airport, compromising the safety of both passengers and aircraft.
"The Federal Government has also drawn the attention of the owners of the airport to the fact that it has, through its inability to address the issues, violated compliance with safety standards.
"Safety standard as stipulated in the Nig. CARs Part 12.6.2 and 12.6.3 in respect of the airport runway and its associated facilities as well as adequately trained personnel were violated."
The ministry has, however, said that once all the necessary steps are taken, the airport will revert to its previous status.