Abuja Airport Takes Chunk From Foreign Airline Traffic From MMA

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Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja

In the days ahead, foreigners would be traveling to the Niki, Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA), Abuja, Lagos operations, it has been learned.

The Port Harcourt International Airport (PHIA), Omegwa, Rivers State will also receive huge share of traffic in the period.

The development is part of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), to the new terminals to profitable use.

FAAN disclosed that Turkish Airlines would soon begin flights from PHIA, while Emirates Airlines would run daily flights from NAIA. In addition, Air Peace would from April, from Dubai to PHIA.

General Manager, Corporate Affairs, FAAN, Henrietta Yakubu, said the move was necessary to redistribute traffic from Lagos to other airports in the country. Yakubu said the state of Nigeria, adding that it is determined to improve the experience of air travelers nationwide.

She hinted that Air Cronos, and Lufthansa already operate from the Port Harcourt Airport, while Turkish Airports will be operating four times weekly, starting June 25, 2019.

Besides, Yakubu explained that Air Cote d'Ivoire would start from Abaja soon.

"We want to appeal to members of the public that they do not have to come from Port Harcourt or any part of the Eastern state to fly out of the country."

"They can easily go to Port Harcourt to fly. Also, as you know, Abuja Airport's new terminal, and Emirates would be starting from the terminal of June. We are expecting all of Abuja Airport.

"We want to encourage our passengers that they do not have to come to Lagos, even though we know Lagos is the commercial hub of the country and the airport is the hub, but passengers can travel from Abuja and Port Harcourt airports to connect to their destinations so that we can decongest Lagos airport. "

Recall that the newly opened Abuja terminal has 15 million passengers, while Port Harcourt has capacity of five million passengers.

Yakubu further informed that Kano Airport, with another five million annual capacity, would come back on stream in the next two months.

"Lagos Airport did not take-off early because of the issue of citing the new terminal. Where we have it is not the original site; it has come up with a lot of issues – connectivity to the airside, the runway and others. But we are assuring our passengers that Kano is inaugurated, the next airport would be Lagos, "she said.

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