The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, has said the new terminal building at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, MMIA, Lagos, which will be completed in 2016 is expected to boost the airport’s passenger capacity by another 15 million in addition to existing capacity of 15 million passengers,
Spokesman of the airport authority, Yakubu Dati told reporters in Lagos on Wednesday, January 6, that FAAN was currently gearing up towards handling the expected 30 millions passengers traffic at the completion of work at the international airport terminal building.
The aviation authority faces the new challenge as it awaits the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) safety audit in March this year. But the agency said there was no room for disappointments.
Dati, who spoke on the activities of the agency on traffic management before and after the yuletide period, said except the Turkish airline’s passengers breach that happened on Christmas day, the yuletide season saw a hitch-free and seamless passengers facilitation.
He said FAAN was alive to its responsibilities in ensuring that its security operatives and other security agencies deployed detective machines such as screening machine, CCTV, full body scanners and personal intelligence to ensure easy facilitation of passengers.
He said, “Let me also emphasise that a safe and secured airport will be in place and will be witnessed this year when the new terminals under construction will be completed and passengers will have that experience they always enjoy outside the shores.
“With the completion of the new terminal in Lagos, the terminal will be able to process additional 15 million passengers which means we will able to service about 30 million passengers. All these are things put together to raise aviation to a new level this year.”