Cory Brigham, Aviation Sales Representative for Carmanah Technologies, met with News Ghana in an exclusive interview on the sidelines of the Fourth Annual Africa Airport Expansion Summit which ended in Accra on Friday.
“It is possible to have airfield lighting at every airport; all your domestic airports, regional airports and international airports. This improves safety which is a major concern. It also improves access to global markets so you can transport people and goods, increasing tourism as well as imports and exports.
There are many economic benefits of having extended operations at airports and allowing aircraft to land late at night and also during the day in poor weather,” he remarked.
Brigham described many of the domestic airports on the continent as not meeting international standards, with only the larger international airports being International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) compliant.
“There are certainly airports throughout Africa that are up to international standards. Many of your Category I, Category II, and Category III airports have ICAO & FAA compliant runway lighting and can accommodate night landings.
It is mainly these larger airports that meet international standards, but the domestic airports throughout Africa, for the most part, are not up to international standards. Many airports throughout Africa don’t have any lighting; there are also many airports where you can see that the colors of the lights have faded and are no longer compliant and safe,” Brigham said.
The greatest challenge to airports on the continent, he observed, is unreliable access to electricity.
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