Easter : Lagos Airports Record Higher Number Of Passengers

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An Air Peace aircraft

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.