…New Int’l Terminals Will Increase Passenger Capacity
The Council President of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), Dr Olumuyiwa Aliu and the Managing Director of Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) Engr. Saleh Dunoma have inspected the new international terminal under construction at the Nnamdi Azikwe Airport (NAA), Abuja.
Other ongoing projects apart from Abuja are the construction of four new international terminals in Lagos, Port Harcourt, Kano and Enugu.
Though Aliu’s comment on the inspected Abuja terminal was not made known, an online statement by the General Manager, Public Affairs, Mr. Yakubu Dati quoted Dunoma as saying that during the inspection that that the terminals when completed would not only increase capacity and but that it would also improve passenger facilitation.
He added in the past 12 years, passenger traffic at these airports increased from 4.4milion to 15 million per annum, which represents over 23 per cent increase and that FAAN was expanding its capacity to accommodate envisaged growth.
The FAAN boss described Aliu as an icon who has positively impacted the aviation globally emphasising that his policy of “No country left behind” has addressed the challenges faced by the sector especially in developing countries.
Dunoma reiterated the authority’s commitment to sustain the standards achieved following the recent ICAO audit.
The ICAO President was accompanied by Com Martins Nwafor, the Nigerian Representative at ICAO Council, Mr Mam Saint Jalo, ICAO Regional Director for West and Central Africa, senior officials from the Ministry and heads of aviation agencies.
The ICAO President who earlier met with labour unions called for closer collaboration for the development of the sector.