The Domestic wing of the Murtala Mohammed Aiport which had hitherto been an irritant has now become local travellers’ delight, receiving more than a million passengers in just about eight month.
In statement released to NewswireNGR, the Federal Airport Authority said that the Terminal 1 had been used by 1, 007, 823 passengers passed between January and August 2014. The statement signed by Yakubi Dati, General Manager (Corporate Communications) said that the users is expected to even increase as three new airlines will soon commence operating domestic flights by the end of October
“A total of 1, 007, 823 passengers passed through Domestic Terminal 1 of the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos, between January and August 2014. The terminal has become passenger’s choice after its remodelling.
This figure is expected to rise in the last quarter of 2014 as three new domestic airlines have concluded plans to commence operations at the terminal in October 2014.”
The three new airlines were named as Air Peace Airlines and Azman Airline and Discovery Airline which has already commenced operations.
The statement gave a break down of the number of passengers that used the terminal between January and August 2014
“A breakdown of the figure shows that a total number of 507,542 passengers arrived at the terminal while 500,281 departed from the terminal during the period under review.
During the first quarter of 2014, a total of 265,142 passengers at the Domestic terminal while 258,845 passengers departed from it.
The second quarter of 2014 witnessed a total number of 241,436 departing passengers and 242,400 arriving passengers.
The attraction of airlines to the terminal cannot be over emphasized as a total number of 12,564 aircraft movements were recorded at the terminal between January and August 2014.
A breakdown of the figure shows that a total of 6,198 aircraft arrived at the terminal while 6,366 departed from it.
During the first quarter, the terminal recorded a total number of 6,508 aircraft movements.
During the second quarter of the period under review, the terminal recorded a total of 6,056 aircraft movements”
The FAAN said the remodeling had created several jobs and praised President Goodluck Jonathan for the giant strides made in the remodeling exercise.
“The quantum of economic activities generated has translated into more jobs and wealth creation not only at the Lagos airport but also at other remodelled airports under the President Goodluck Aviation Transformation programme.” the statement concluded.
The President had given the approval for the remodelling and re-construction of Airports across the country in late 2010 and terminal buildings of Murtala Muhammed Airport (International Terminal), Murtala Muhammed Airport (General Aviation Terminal), Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (International Terminal), Port Harcourt International Airport, Kaduna Airport and Margaret Ekpo International Airport Calabar are among the Airports that have received a facelist.
Other airports includes Benin Airport, Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu, Sam Mbakwe Airport, Owerri, Yola Airport, and Yakubu Gowon Airport, Jos.