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Easter : Lagos Airports Record Higher Number Of Passengers

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The domestic terminals of Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos recorded higher number of passengers yesterday ahead of the Easter holidays.
The Federal Government had declared April 19 and 22 as public holidays to mark the Easter celebration by Christians in commemoration of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Our correspondent that visited the airport terminals observed that more travelers were leaving Lagos for other destinations.
At the General Aviation Terminal (GAT), the counters of Air Peace and Arik Air had the long queues of passengers, while Dana Air and Max Air also had the long queues at the MMA2.
The upsurge of the out-bound passengers led to increase in air fares due to lack of seats on available flights.
Mostly affected were flights from Lagos to Abuja, Owerri, Port Harcourt, Enugu and Benin which usually sell for between N25, 000 and N32,000, but have gone up to about N42,000 and 46,000 respectives.
A travel agent, Mr Madu Ezechi, said the increase in the air fares was normal due to the high demand by passengers.
“This is a long holiday and many people want to take advantage of it to go home, see their loved ones and settle other issues.
“So, getting tickets is a bit difficult, especially if you are traveling in groups. Some people want to sit with their family members and are willing to pay for it,” he said.
The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) had assured passengers and other airport users that her network of airports were fully prepared and ready for the usual upsurge in passenger traffic during the Easter period.
FAAN, in a statement signed by its General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Mrs Henrietta Yakubu, last Wednesday said that all necessary facilities, infrastructure and manpower had been deployed to ensure seamless operation at the airports.
She said that the relevant security agencies had been mobilised to beef up security at all airports during the period.
Yakubu advised intending travelers to endeavour to leave for the airport early enough to ensure that check-in formalities were conducted in good time.

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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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