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other airport users have decried the poor state of facilities at the Port Harcourt International Airport (PHIA), Omagwa.
The passengers lamented that the departure hall of the airport is still uncompleted several months after the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), declared the facilities good enough for use following the remodelling exercise which is yet to be completed.
A female passenger to Lagos who gave her name simply as Ijeoma told The Tide Aviation Correspondent that the departure hall is far from being completed and lamented the lack of some basic amenities for an international airport.
According to her, “look round this hall, you can see the level of completion, see the different organisations inside here having standing fans, see the toilet area and even the ticketing corners, all is not well my brother, I feel sorry for this country”.
Another traveler, Mr Emma Efiok, said, “apart from the departure hall that we are managing, the arrival area has only canopy and the inconvenience is much” and advised the Federal Government not to play politics with a public establishment like the airport which is a gateway to Port Harcourt as an oil city.
A business operator at the departure hall who refused to disclose her name said she provided herself a standing fan because the central air conditioner is not working and called on the authority concerned to complete the airport realising the importance of the airport to the nation.
She noted that the airport, when fully completed, would generate more revenue for the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria to carry out maintenance work for sustainability.
The Head, Corporate Communication of FAAN, Mr Ola Ogundolapo, said the departure hall of the airport has been completed and passengers have confessed to the new phase of the departure area.
He, however, acknowledged that the arrival hall is under construction and would be completed as soon as the contractor is mobilised with another round of payment, adding that work on the new international wing of the airport is progressing steadily and would be completed on schedule.
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