The General Aviation Terminal at Murtala Mohammed International Airport at Ikeja has been commissioned by the Minister of Aviation and Aerospace, Hadi Sirika.
The expansion of the first phase of the terminal cost N2.2bn. Its capacity was increased from 254 to 1,024 passengers.
Speaking while performing the commissioning on Monday, Sirika emphasised that the project was initiated to address the long-standing challenge of limited capacity at the terminal.
According to the Minister, “You will agree with me that the geometric increase in population of Nigeria, which resulted in increase in passenger volume, has overwhelmed available facilities at this terminal and as part of efforts to address this challenge, the Federal Government at some point developed the Zulu terminal to complement the existing old terminal, but the capacity limitation situation still persisted.
“Oftentimes, particularly at peak periods, you will observe that facilities in this terminal are usually overstretched because the volume of passengers using the facilities far outweighs the capacity available.
“The government evaluated the situation, and decided to expand the terminal, as a short-term measure to address the situation, adding that it was the intention of the ministry to build a new and much bigger domestic terminal in the nearest future.
“The facility we are inaugurating today is a product of that thought, and it is only the first phase of the project. As soon as we put this to use, we hope that the incoming administration will continue with the construction of the second phase.
“As you will be seeing in due course, this facility contains brand-new protocol lounges, airline office spaces, and VIP lounges, with the complement of conveniences that will enhance the safety, security and comfort of our esteemed passengers.”
He expressed confidence that the facility would improve passenger facilitation at the terminal and contribute to increased revenue generation for the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria.
He noted that the inauguration of the expanded General Aviation Terminal marked a significant milestone in the efforts to address the capacity challenges faced by the terminal.
The expanded terminal boasts brand-new protocol lounges, airline office spaces, VIP lounges, and modern conveniences, all aimed at enhancing the safety, security, and comfort of passengers.
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