The Nigerian Airspace Management Agency will save about 12, 600, 000 litres of fuel for Nigerian airlines monthly if they will migrate to Performance Based Navigation (PBN), THISDAY reports.
PBN is a navigational procedure that specifies aircraft required navigation performance (RNP) and area navigation (RNAV). It also provides clear guidance to the pilot in terms of accuracy, integrity, continuity and functionality in a particular airspace. Performance Based Navigation enhances safety but most importantly it encourages fuel efficiency. According to the Managing Director of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), Captain Fola Akinkuotu, together with other navigational aids, the agency could save Nigerian airlines at least 10,000 litres of fuel for every flight.
This means that an airline that operates minimum of seven flights a day would save 70,000 litres and in one month, would save about 2.1million a month. So the six airlines that are currently in operation would be able to save minimum of 12, 600, 000 litres monthly if they migrate to PBN, which is a project that NAMA had since completed. But for airlines to migrate, they must have corresponding equipment in their aircraft and as of now it is only international airlines and few domestic airlines, including Arik Air that have such equipment.topics from