General Manager, Corporate Communications of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, Yakubu Dati, has disclosed that a significant upsurge in passenger, cargo and aircraft traffic is expected by the last quarter of this year, when most of the terminal and other related projects would have been completed and commissioned.
Dati in a statement issued in Lagos over the weekend explained that with improvements in terminal and airside facilities at these airports, a number of local airlines have started expanding their route network, some extending to the West Coast of Africa.
According to him, some foreign airlines with Lagos as their only destination have also begun to show interest in operating at the Mallam Aminu Kano and Port Harcourt International Airports. Qatar Air is one of such airlines, following the recent signing of Bilateral Air Services Agreement, BASA, between Nigeria and Qatar.
“Significant increase in passenger, aircraft and cargo traffic at Nigerian airports, especially those managed by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, became noticeable towards the end of last year. In September, the figure for passenger movements in all the airports was 316,680. The figure grew steadily to 318,503 in October, 328,652 in November and 336,652 in December, 2015. During the same period in 2015, cargo movements grew steadily from 13,504, 252 in September, 15,435, 842 in October, 16,102, 686 and 16,267, 208 in December,” Dati said.
Other factors likely to influence the growth of passenger and cargo traffic this year include the completion of cargo terminals at designated airports across the country.

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