The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has revealed that 551,380 passenger movements and 6261 aircraft movements (landing and takeoff) were recorded at the Murtala Mohammad Airport Ikeja Domestic Terminal One (MMA1) between July and December 2020.
The terminal manager Mr. Adekunle Aderibigbe made the revelation, saying that passengers’ turnout was encouraging despite the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the industry globally.
The period under review, inbound passengers recorded 270,828 while departures stood at 280,552 passengers. 3,068 aircraft landed at the airport between July and December 2020 while 3,193 aircraft took off from same airport.
Aderibigbe explained that initially passengers turn out at the commencement of flight operations after the easing of the lockdown was not too impressive but disclosed that it has gradually picked especially during the yuletide
He noted that airlines last December witnessed surge in passenger traffic but were able to manage their passengers as more aircraft were deployed to accommodate passengers
Aderibigbe explained that safety, security and comfort of passengers remained their priority especially while complying with the covid-19 protocols adding that adamant passengers were forced to comply as directed by the managing director of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria
The terminal manager lamented that some passengers have remained the greatest challenge the management was facing as some of them refused to cooperate with them on the protocols on ground.
He however noted that sanity has returned to almost every point in the nation as the Covid-19 has made people to sit tight on their jobs and maintaining all protocols
The terminal manager revealed that with all the facilities put in place following the outbreak of the pandemic were being maintained and with the second wave, the compliance team to the protocols has been going round to ensure that nobody was left out.
Aderibigbe explained that the management has been holding meetings with stakeholders and will continue to do that especially with the second wave of the pandemic
He said both terminal and the airport has been cleared of unwanted visitors especially to avoid bottleneck on the access roads stressing that arriving passengers board their vehicles at the terminal car park.
The manager explained that ticketing agents in the terminal have been sent out and online purchasing encouraged which has reduced touting.