The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has explained to the President of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), Dr. Olumuyiwa Bernard Aliu that passenger traffic in the last 12 years has been on the rise and that the authority was expanding to capture and surpass this growth.
The Managing Director of Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) Engr Saleh Dunoma stated this in Abuja following an inspection of the new terminal under construction by Dr. Aliu.
Engr Dunoma said, “In the past 12 years, passenger traffic at the airports increased from 4.4milion to 15million per annum (over 23%) and FAAN is expanding its capacity to accommodate envisaged growth.
The new international terminals being constructed simultaneously in Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Kano and Enugu will increase capacity and improve passenger facilitation.
He described Dr Aliu as an icon who has positively impacted the aviation globally emphasizing that his policy of “No country left behind” has addressed the challenges faced by the sector especially in developing countries.
Engr Dunoma reiterated the Authority’s commitment to sustain the standards achieved following the recent ICAO audit.
The ICAO President was accompanied by Com Martins Nwafor, the Nigerian Representative at ICAO council, Mr Mam Saint Jalo, ICAO Regional Director for West and Central Africa, senior officials from the Ministry and heads of aviation agencies.
The ICAO President who earlier met with labour unions called for closer collaboration for the development of the sector.
FAAN has also in the light of the airport capacity increase called for genuine investors to improve on existing infrastructure stating that the airport authority is willing to partner with genuine private investors towards a mutually beneficial relationship.
Engr Dunoma made the disclosure last week at a Business Summit in Abuja, where he made a presentation on the topic “Terminal Expansion: key to maintaining high standards of operational efficiency and improved airport users experience”.
Engr Dunoma, who was represented by the Authority’s Acting Director of Commercial and Business Development, Mr Toyin Okpaise said the sector is therefore strategic in the Federal Government’s quest to diversify the economy and create wealth and prosperity for the teeming populace.