FG suspends airports concession, Nigeria air project

The Federal Government on Friday announced the suspension of the concession of the airports and Nigeria air project.

The Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, Festus Keyamo disclosed this during a recent visit to the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos.

The projects, according to the Minister, will be suspended until he briefs President Bola Ahmed Tinubu on his findings.

Keyamo who spoke through the Head Press and Public Relations of the ministry, Odutayo Oluseyi stated that 60 per cent of FAAN’s revenue comes from Lagos, emphasizing the need to utilize the new terminal effectively.

He added that the new terminal boasts 60 check-in points and has the capability to handle a significant amount of air traffic.

Keyamo also addressed the state of the old terminal, stating that it requires a complete overhaul. Notably, the central cooling system is not functioning, and there are numerous areas that require maintenance.

As a result, the Minister directed all airlines operating in the old terminal to relocate their check-in counters to the new terminal within a period of three months.

According to the statement, “Keyamo said 60%revenue of FAAN comes from Lagos and as such the new terminal should be used optimally.

“On concession of the airports and Nigeria air project, the Minister said all will be put on hold (suspended) until he briefs Mr President on his findings. He stated that as much as he is willing to protect the local airlines, he expects them to be more efficient and effective, noting that issues of flight cancellation and delays will be looked into and laws enforced where necessary. He further directed the removal of unserviceable aircraft by the owners for the expansion of Apron.

“To give space for the expansion of the new terminal to accommodate bigger aircraft, Keyamo said he would discuss with owners of private hangers within the space for possible relocation of their hangers.”

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