Stakeholders in the aviation Industry have commended the present administration for the completion and inauguration of the new Lagos international airport terminal.
The world-class terminal as described by stakeholders will not only change the face of the industry, it would attract patronage and enhance the image of the country.
The newly opened international airport terminal in Lagos has been described by many as an architectural masterpiece.
It has capacity to process 14 million passengers per annum with the latest technology to ensure speedy processing of arriving and departing passengers.
It also has passengers comfort facilities like premium lounges, guest rooms Spars, visa on arrival, port health facility, praying areas among others to aid seamless facilitation.
Apart from improved facilitation, according to the Director General, Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, Captain Musa Nuhu it would attract more airlines and passengers would have a pleasant airport experience.
“Not only to carry more passengers but to give passengers pleasant service”.
The New airport terminal is coming over 45 years after the existing terminal was opened and Stakeholders say, while the old terminal had outlived its usefulness, the new terminal would change the face of the industry.
What are other benefits of this terminal to passengers and the country?Stakeholders says, better connectivity, space, more revenue among others.
“It would carry more passengers than the aircraft can carry, quick turnaround of airlines and increase FAAN contributions to the nation’s GDP and the economy”.
President, Mohammadu Buhari during the inauguration of the terminal, listed other benefits of the terminal to include employment opportunities and foreign direct investment.
“Creating about 3,000 direct and indirect employment opportunities for our youths, increased inflow of Foreign Direct Investments and exponential growth in the Gross Domestic Product”.
Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika says, the number of airports in Nigeria including those currently being developed had doubled , the passenger number quadrupled , other entrepreneurships including catering and ground handling had blossomed,airlines and jobs quadrupled.
“Aviation becomes the fastest growing sector of the economy, the number of airlines have doubled, the passengers number have quadrupled, number of airlines doubled, all in the administration of President Mohammadu Buhari of six years”.
However, while Nigerians are happy and proud to have a new terminal in the country’s premier airport, Comrade Illitrus Ahmadu, National President, Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, ATSSSAN, appealed to the government to ensure the regular maintenance of the facility.
“It is good to have a good facility of this kind, we must bring in all our resources to ensure that we maintain the terminal”.
The Federal Government has expressed optimism that, with the delivery of the terminal, a new era of safety, security, and comfort had been ushered into the Nigerian aviation industry, and this will get better with the passage of time.