The Minister of Aviation and Aerospace, Senator Hadi Sirika, has inaugurated the expansion of the first phase of the General Aviation Terminal.
The project which costs N2.2bn was executed by Glovesly Pro-Project Limited, and has increased the capacity of the terminal from 254 to 1,024 passengers.
During the inauguration, Sirika emphasised that the project was initiated to address the long-standing challenge of limited capacity at the terminal.
The minister said, “you will agree with me that the geometric increase in population of Nigeria, which resulted in increase in passenger volume, has overwhelmed available facilities at this terminal and as part of efforts to address this challenge, the Federal Government at some point developed the Zulu terminal to complement the existing old terminal, but the capacity limitation situation still persisted.”
“Oftentimes, particularly at peak periods, you will observe that facilities in this terminal are usually overstretched because the volume of passengers using the facilities far outweighs the capacity available.”
According to him, the government evaluated the situation, and decided to expand the terminal, as a short-term measure to address the situation, adding that it was the intention of the ministry to build a new and much bigger domestic terminal in the nearest future.
“The facility we are inaugurating today is a product of that thought, and it is only the first phase of the project. As soon as we put this to use, we hope that the incoming administration will continue with the construction of the second phase.