THE planned helicopter shuttle service from Kaduna to Abuja by some helicopter companies has hit the brick wall as the National Security Adviser (NSA), Babagana Munguno, has banned such service.
The NSA gave a directive banning helicopter shuttle service on the Abuja- Kaduna route through a memo in which he said, -In view of the closure of the airport, air travelers will be required to travel by road/train to Abuja from Kaduna International Airport. This will undoubtedly cause constraints on the movement of some passengers who will aim to travel using other means, notably the use of commercial ferry helicopters.
-Please be reminded that the airspace over the Federal Capital Territory Abuja is controlled and only security flights or those with the requisite security clearance from the Presidency are granted overhead clearance for obvious security reasons. Consequently, you are to note and ensure that no charter or commercial helicopter ferry flights are allowed to fly within Abuja airspace”