The domestic terminal one of the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA) Ikeja, also referred to as the General Aviation Terminal (GAT) recorded a total of 228, 239 passengers last December 2018, statistics from the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has revealed.

Statistic made available to journalists in Lagos by the Terminal Manager (TM) MMA, Mr Aderigbigbe Adekunle, 104,168 passengers arrived through the terminal while a total of 124,071passengers were processed out in the period under review.

According to Adekunle, the management of the terminal before the Yuletide took several measures aimed at ensuring seamless passenger facilitation by servicing the conveyor belts, cooling systems and screening machines.

Adekunle said the upsurge in passenger traffic was envisaged hence it was seamless passenger’s facilitation while some flights were moved to a less busy terminal for easy passenger facilitation.

He said : “We have two terminals here, the Zulu and Alfa, what we did was to move some flights from the busy terminal to the less busy terminal for passengers comfort. Calabar, Port Harcourt and Uyo flights were moved to the Zulu terminal to ease the Alfa traffic where Airpeace operates from”

According to Mr. Adekunle, the Agege motor road construction work almost marred the airport free flow of traffic as the construction work had a spilled over to domestic airport users but remarked that it was carefully handled by FAAN officials at they terminal end.

He further said : “The only challenge was the construction work on the Agege motor road, passengers find it difficult to to move out of the terminal to connect to Agege motor road. The traffic extended to the terminal and passengers expressed bitter experience during the Yuletide period”

The Terminal Manager also revealed that the automation of the domestic car park by FAAN early last year brought sanity to the area as some people who were not travellers took undue advantage of the non automation of the park to leave their vehicles there.

He said with the billing system introduced, the number of vehicles at the park had gradually reduced through proper monitoring.

Mr Adekunle while acknowledging the small size of the domestic car park, explained further that there was plan by the management of FAAN to construct a new multi storey car park at the domestic Wing noting that when completed will cater for the decongestion of traffic at the terminal.


The Nation