Wednesday, March 13th. The Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has given all foreign airlines operating out of the Nnamdi Azikiwe international airport, Abuja until March 31st to move to the new international terminal.
FAAN stated that the old Terminal (terminal C) where many foreign airlines have been resident is due for renovations. According to FAAN’s Regional General Manager, Mr. Sani Mahmud, all foreign airlines must comply with this demand on or before the deadline.
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He stated this when Emirates Airlines commenced flight operations at the new terminal. It also came to public light that only five international carriers have moved to the new terminal. These include Emirates Airlines, Ethiopian Airlines, Air Cote d’Ivoire Airlines, Asky Airlines, and Air Peace Airlines.
In his words:
“(The Emirates Airline) arrived with 176 passengers and 16 cabin crew on board, at exactly 3:00 pm with a Boeing 777 aircraft and it is expected to depart with 222 passengers on the same flight at 6:00 pm. This is the fifth international airline to relocate operations into the new terminal out of 14.”
“We have met with the remaining airlines and gave them up to March 31, to move into the new terminal that was inaugurated by President Muhammadu Buhari on Dec. 20, 2018. We believe that they have ample time to have moved into the new terminal and the old terminal is due for renovations.
The Nnamdi Azikiwe airport, Abuja is undergoing renovations
As such, we have given them up to 31st of this month to move into the new facility and we will commence renovations of the old terminal. We are confident that they will all move because we have given them offices and the connectivity is in place,” he stated.
Many who were among the passengers of Emirates Airlines expressed their satisfaction with the new international airport terminal. According to a female passenger, Joyce Mekebo:
“When I arrived, I said 'so the government could do something this amazing all these years and they denied us. So for the first time I am landing in Nigeria and I am not sweating, everything seems (up to) standard and international and the airport is really beautiful. I hope they will maintain the standard because it is one thing to build a structure and it is another thing to maintain it, but let see how it goes in the next couple of years. Other than that, this airport is amazing, everything is standard, it is working.'" she said.
Airlines have until March 31 to move out of the old wing of the airport