By Nosa Aituamen
Air passenger traffic has risen ahead of the sallah festivities and public holidays declared by the Federal Government.
At the Lagos airport terminals, while passengers are making frantic efforts to buy tickets and secure seats on a flight, airlines and terminal managers are working to ensure the baggage systems are working at optimal level.
Airline operators and airports have made advance preparations to ensure a hitch free sallah festivities passenger facilitation.
Acting General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, Mrs. Faithful Hope-Ivbaze
says, all arrangements for the security and safety of passengers have been made and security agencies have been put on red alert to forestall any breakdown of law and order.
“We have put all necessary measures in place to make sure the safety and seamless facilitation of our highly esteemed passengers during this celebration and all our security architecture have been strengthened with the support of all security agencies at the airports”.
She appealed to intending passengers to leave their homes early to catch their flights due to the expected vehicular
movements on the roads.
Mrs. Hope- Ivbaze also emphasized that, the closure of the domestic airport runway in Lagos for repairs would cause some delays in take offs and landings but appealed to passengers to bear with them as the repairs was to promote air safety.
“There wouldn’t be disruptions of any kind, it is to improve the safety and efficiency of flight operations”.
As passenger traffic is building up, operators have made adequate preparations to accommodate all traveling passengers.
The terminals in Lagos, the General Aviation Terminal one and Two are busy with passengers and other activities involving facilitation.
Spokesmen for two of the domestic airlines Mr. Stanley Oliseh and Kingsley Ezemwan say, additional flights to high passenger routes have been arranged to avoid passengers stranded at the airports across the country.
They also assured that tickets for the period were pocket friendly.
“We have ample flights to meet the passenger surge that usually characterizes such festivities to ensure nobody is left our”.
They appealed to passengers to book their flights early and get the airport two hours before their flights to avoid any disappointment.