Passengers and users of the Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa particularly those that use the VIP/Protocol lounge have lamented difficulties they go through in retrieving their luggages on arrival at the airport.
They specifically decried the distance they cover between the VIP lounge and the terminal building to either retrieve or check-in their luggage under sun or rain.
Speaking while interacting with TheTide on the issue , a regular passenger at the airport, George Odike said that the distance from the lounge to the departure terminal building has added more burden on luggage check-in and retrieval.
Odike said that it was a bit easier to retrieve luggage when they were managing at the temporary arrival area which was closer to the lounge.
For Vincent Ogbonda, an independent tickets operator, the sudden relocation of the arrival to the departure terminal area leaves much to be desired, even when the arrival terminal building under construction is about to be commissioned.
“In my opinion, the management would have endured till the commissioning, since the arrival terminal building is central, instead of giving additional burden to these protocol lounge users”, he said.
Nevertheless, Mrs Florence, an air passenger, also faulted the airport management for sudden exit from the arrival tent, which according to her, is not obtained any where in the world, saying the new place of operation poses difficulties to passengers.
It would be recalled that the Airport Manager, Mr Ojo Afolabi, in a recent press statement in January, explained that the arrival terminal building was 95% completed, and could be commissioned in March this year.