FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO DEMOLISH PRIVATE JET TERMINALS FOR LAGOS AIRPORT EXPANSION

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The Federal Government has announced plans to demolish two multibillion-naira private jet terminals and aircraft hangars to make way for the expansion of the recently inaugurated international terminal at the Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos.

The Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, Festus Keyamo, made this announcement during an inspection of the airport’s facilities. He cited the obstruction caused by the private jet terminals to the expansion of the new Chinese-built terminal, which opened in March 2022.

Over 22 private jets belonging to prominent Nigerians and organizations are expected to be relocated from these terminals before the demolition takes place. The affected private jet terminals are Dominion Air, affiliated with Living Faith World Outreach (Winners Chapel), and Evergreen Hangar, owned by a private company.

Keyamo emphasized the need to improve the travel experience for passengers at the airport and revealed that the old international terminal would be closed by October 1. Foreign airlines currently operating from the old terminal will be relocated to the new terminal.

The move to demolish these private jet terminals comes after the former Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, identified them as hindrances to the efficient use of the international wing of the airport. However, these plans were not executed during his tenure.

While concerns about potential litigation and compensation issues remain, the current minister, Keyamo, is focused on providing a better experience for travelers. He highlighted that the new terminal, built by the Chinese, lacks provisions for accommodating large aircraft and avio-bridges.

As part of a temporary solution, the government plans to purchase large buses for passenger transportation to and from the big planes until avio-bridges are constructed. The long-term goal is to build avio-bridges for large aircraft, which may require the relocation of some private hangars for public use.

While there are differing opinions on this decision, with some expressing concerns about the lack of preparation and the design of the new terminal, the government is determined to proceed with the expansion and improvement of Lagos’ major gateway to enhance the travel experience for Nigerians.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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