5 airlines move into new terminal at Lagos Airport on September 1 – FG
- Says the terminal generates 10,000 jobs
The Federal Government said yesterday that the newly commissioned Terminal 2 at Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos has created more than 10,000 direct and indirect jobs.
Information and Culture Minister Alhaji Lai Mohammed revealed this during a tour of the new terminal which he said would complement the old terminal built 40 years ago.
He spoke just as it emerged five other airlines would be moving to the new terminal more than five months after commissioning.
The Minister was accompanied on the tour by the Managing Director of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Captain Rabiu Yadudu, the Managing Director of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Captain Musa Nuhu, and other ministry officials.
The terminal which was commissioned in March 2022 by President Muhammadu Buhari is one of four terminals built with a concessional loan from China Exim Bank.
The minister who eased fears over loan repayments also urged Nigerians to pay their taxes regularly in order to increase the tax to GDP ratio which he said is very low.
He said: “When loans are used and invested in infrastructure like this, it means the loans are put to good use. The major problem is that the tax to GDP ratio is so low because most Nigerians do not pay taxes. So I want to appeal to Nigerians to help the government pay their taxes, then there will be a reduction in the deficit that we are experiencing.
The terminal, the minister said, has state-of-the-art facilities and facilities with a capacity to handle 14 million passengers per year, adding that the new terminal would not replace the old terminal; rather it would complement it as provision has been made for passengers to connect the two terminals.
He said: “I was here 40 years ago when the first terminal was commissioned. There is a time between when an airport is commissioned and when the airport becomes operational. You know that aviation forgives no mistakes.
“The new international terminal is not intended to replace the old one but to complement it. It’s gradual, and very soon this airport will be very busy. You can see that the terminals are not only used by airlines. We have restaurants, banks, exchange operators, etc. and you have to screen people again and again before it becomes operational.
“5 airlines will move to a new terminal”
The FAAN chief executive, in his remarks, said five airlines would move to the new terminal by September 1, adding that gradually other airlines would move in.
He said there are many system integrations underway to make the relocation of more airlines seamless and hassle-free.
Yadudu further disclosed that the project to expand the terminal ramp to accommodate more aircraft is underway.