25 December 2012

Nigeria: Christmas - Lagos Airport Records Highest Passenger Traffic

The Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, at the weekend, recorded the highest number of passenger movement at the international terminal of the airport.

The terminal facilitated about 4,664 departures last Friday, the highest figure in 2012, according to the statistics department of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN).

Also, there was heavy passenger traffic at all the terminals of the Lagos airport yesterday, as many Nigerians, who wished to travel to celebrate the Yuletide thronged the airport.

At the newly inaugurated General Aviation Terminal (GAT), most of the passengers were seen on long queues buying tickets or checking in for their flights and pushing the airlines workers into frenzy as they strove to process the passengers to meet their flights as scheduled.

The situation was not different at the international wing of the airport which witnessed a large turnout of passengers who were travelling out of the country and most of those who just arrived into the country rushed to the domestic terminals to connect flights to their final destinations.

At the domestic terminal, known as MMA2, a passenger, Mr. Michael Onocha, who was billed on Aero Contractor's flight to Benin at 11:15a.m. said he was going to meet with his family members in their home in Asaba, the Delta State capital, where he would spend the Christmas holidays, adding that seasons like this required him and his family member to be together.

"I am travelling to Benin. Actually I am going to visit my family in Asaba but I have to take Benin because that is the shortest possible place I can fly to, then I will take a bus to connect to Asaba," he said.

"I am not impressive. It shows that the country is not even improving at all. The leaders are not really doing anything to improve the situation; we should have up to five domestic airlines flying and I want to believe that they can do this by reviewing the policies on aviation," he added.

On the passenger movement at the international wing of the airport, the General Manager, Public Affairs of FAAN, Yakubu Dati said the agency efficiently processed the passengers with the improving infrastructure at the terminal.

He said the increasing number of passengers justify the efforts of the Federal Government to urgently expand the airport facilities through the remodelling project that is ongoing, adding that by early next when the project was completed the airport terminal would wear a new look.

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