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Abuja Airport Can Process 20m Passengers Annually – Minister

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The Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, says the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, now has the capacity to process over 20 million passengers with the inauguration of the new international terminal.
Sirika stated this during the inauguration of the new terminal by President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja, yesterday.
He said the new terminal would process a minimum of 15 million passengers annually, adding that the existing terminal processed 5.8 million in 2017.
According to him, the new terminal has 72 check-in counters, five baggage collection carousels, 28 immigration desks at arrival and 16 at departure, eight security screening points and eight passenger boarding bridges.
“It also has walkway to link the FCT metro rail with additional apron for remote parking of aircraft linkway to domestic wing and many other facilities,” Sirika said.
The minister said that the facilities were properly designed and laid out in accordance with modern requirements for airport operations.
Sirika said that the new terminal was the second in the series of airport terminals to be inaugurated from the projects funded by the China-Exim bank loan of 500 million dollars.
He said Nigeria contributed a counterpart funding of 100 million dollars from the Debt Management Office.
The minister said the airport was strategic to Nigeria as the gateway to the nation’s capital and being the second busiest airport in the country.
He further said that the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport was the fastest growing in passenger traffic in West and Central Africa with an average growth rate of eight per cent.
According to him, the airport processed 5.8 million passengers in 2017 and this volume equals about 13 times the total number of passengers recorded by Ghana as a country.
He said that the Federal Executive Council (FEC) also approved the second tranche of 461.7 million dollars for the funding of the phase two of the project.
The minister explained that the phase took into cognisance, additional facilities that would enhance airport’s efficiency.
These facilities, according to him, include the construction of an additional apron, a multi-level car park, a fire station, additional boarding bridges and connection between the old and the new terminals.
“It also include facilities and a boarding bridge to accommodate Airbus A380 and the completion of Kano and Lagos terminals.
“We are committed to rounding up the project soon.
“The contractor has gone ahead to implement it as approved, but recently slowed down the pace of work due to non-payment of 69.3 million dollars counterpart funding by government,’’ he said.
On his part, the Minister, Federal Capital Territory, Malam Mohammed Bello, said the inauguration of the new terminal was a reflection of the federal government’s commitment to completing all important infrastructure projects in the country.
Bello said the new terminal would complement the Abuja light rail and also link IP with Abuja Transportation Master Plan aimed at ensuring seamless connectivity in the city through air, rail and land.
He said the ongoing rehabilitation of the airport road by the FCT was also to complement the benefit of the airport to the travelling public and to boost tourism.
The Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Dr Zhou Pingjian, said the most effective way to develop an economy was to provide transportation infrastructure, adding that Nigeria must continue to improve the sector.
Pinhjian said the completion of the project had added impetus to China and Nigeria cooperation, saying the Chinese Government was committed to partnering with Nigeria to build infrastructure in the country.

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PH Airport Set For Certification …Airport Manager Gives Dec Date

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The Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa, which has been going through the process of certification for some time now, is to be licensed in December this year.
The Airport Manager, Mr Felix Akinbinu who also doubles as the Regional General Manager, South South, disclosed this in an interview with airport correspondents, Wednesday.
According to him, the airport authorities are looking up to the 23rd of December this year, for the certification of the airport.
“This airport has been going through the process of airport certification. We are looking forward to December 23, this year for Port Harcourt International Airport to be licensed.
“Licensing means that the airport is safety compliant in all standard, and the implication is that the insurance of premium for either the flights or passengers that operate or use this airport will be reduced”, he said.
On the coming of Ethiopian Airlines to operate in Port Harcourt International Airport, the regional manager said that their coming was an answered prayer.
According to him, the Port Harcourt Airport needs more international flight operations, saying this is due to the fact that the airport terminal capacity at the moment is more than the flights that are operating currently.
He said that they were also looking forward to see the operations of Ethiopian Airlines to be a permanent one, where they will be operating both in Enugu and in Port Harcourt.

 

Corlins Walter

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Oyo To Partner FAAN On Ibadan Airport Upgrade 

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The Oyo State Government has agreed to partner with the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) for the upgrade of facilities at Ibadan Airport to accommodate wide bodied aircrafts.
Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, disclosed this when the management of FAAN paid him a courtesy visit in his office in Ibadan, Tuesday.
He noted that the Ibadan Airport is important to the economy of the state and promised to collaborate with FAAN to resolve the challenges facing the airport.
The governor said that the airport was key to the plans by his administration to expand the economy of the state and affirmed his administration’s resolve to improve infrastructure and security at the airport.
“I have made some promises about the airport. I promise that the intending Muslim pilgrims will fly from the Ibadan airport directly to the holy land from next year and I count on FAAN to make this promise achievable.
“We are also thinking of expanding the runway to make it easy for bigger aircraft to operate at the airport and I promise to partner with FAAN to make it happen”, he said.
Earlier in his speech, the Managing Director of FAAN, Capt. Rabiu Yadudu, thanked the governor and the people of Oyo State for their support and patronage since the inception of the airport 37 years ago.
The FAAN boss, who was accompanied by the Director of Engineering Services, Salisu Daura and Director of Security Services, Group Capt. USA Sadiq (rtd), said the management had already written a letter to the governor on areas of assistance.
He, however, assured the governor and other stakeholders of the commitment of FAAN to achieve and sustain its service delivery target.

 

Corlins Walter

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FAAN MD Hails Ugwuanyi Over Safety At Enugu Airport

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The Managing Director of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Capt. Rabiu Yadudu, has expressed gratitude to the Governor of Enugu State, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, for tackling security challenges at Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu.
Yadudu, in a statement made available to airport correspondents last Wednesday through the Corporate Affairs Department, expressed satisfaction with the work done by the governor based on the request made by FAAN.
According to him, FAAN was satisfied with the interventions made so far by the governor such as the relocation of the Orie Emene market, abattoir, and the dismantling of the Enugu State Broadcasting Service Radio/TV mast.
The FAAN in the statement also disclosed that the issue of relocating the ENPOWER free trade zone, adjacent to the runway of the airport has been resolved with the management of the establishment.
Yadudu, while seeking further timely intervention of the governor, however frowned at the attitude of those that turned the airfield near the airport to residential place and urged the governor to take prompt action on the matter.
The Tide reports that Governor Ugwuanyi had assured earlier that the state would intervene promptly on the matter and stressed that his administration was fully committed to the safety of lives and property as well as the progress of the Enugu airport.
According to the governor, issues affecting the safety of the Enugu airport will not be undermined in his administration, saying that they will be resolved expeditiously.

 

Corlins Walter

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