Passenger traffic in Nigerian airports hits 15 million

Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria

Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria

The Federal Airports Authority (FAAN) has stated that in the past 12 years, passenger traffic at the airports increased from 4.4 million to 15 million a year.

With the development, FAAN said it has been working assiduously to expand its capacity to accommodate envisaged growth.It added that the new international terminals being constructed simultaneously in Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Kano and Enugu will increase capacity and improve passenger facilitation.

Speaking in Abuja at the weekend, during the inspection of the new terminal under construction by President of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), Olumuyiwa Aliu, the Managing Director, FAAN, Saleh Dunoma reiterated the authority’s commitment to sustain the standards achieved following the recent ICAO audit.

He 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.

The ICAO President was accompanied by Martins Nwafor, the Nigerian Representative at ICAO council, Mam Saint Jalo, ICAO Regional Director for West and Central Africa, senior officials from the Ministry and heads of aviation agencies.

Meanwhile, Aliu called on aviation agencies to imbibe the culture of human capacity building in order to meet technological demands in the sector.

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  • Akinpelu Olugbade

    When are we going to discontinue this centralized system we practice in this country? Simple economic decision becomes an albatross on the political dimension. These airports should be managed by independent managers who will make all the economic, financial decisions. they should decide the expansions needed and finance it accordingly. The expansion should be based on absolute necessities alone not political considerations. What was the cumulative volume of passengers that passed through the Kano airport in the last 15 years compared to Abuja or Lagos and what is the projection for the next 15 years? Yet it would be given the same expansion just for political expediency. I was there a few years ago and it was like a ghost airport. The current facility is operated at far below capacity, yet huge amount of resources will be wasted expanding an empty airport. If internally generated revenue would be expended in the expansion no financial manager would do it.

    The same applies to all the states of the country. We called for true federalism the ruling class declined, we called for resource control the ruling class did not yield, we called for devolution of power the ruling elite refused, we called for state police the ruling class say no. Their refusal to bow to the desires of Nigerians WILL lead to a catastrophic expiration of this mere geographical expression. God help us.

  • Nigerians airport authorities lagos should pls tell all work in the airport like NDLA to face thier may job and stop embarrassing people who are traveling asking unnecessary questions , that what did you do in abroad. Somebody who live in abroad more than 18 to 20yrs is that business or their job to ask that questions