Managing Director, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Capt. Rabiu Yadudu, has applauded the yearly increase in passengers traffic at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA) in Abuja.
Yadudu, who was represented by the FAAN Director of Airport Operation, Capt. Muktar Muye, made the commendation on Thursday in Abuja during his goodwill message at the NAIA 40th anniversary.
According to him, as at Aug. 2022, NAIA has processed 3,247,484 domestic and 638, 502 international passengers.
FAAN boss affirmed that Abuja airport had eight domestic airlines operating with a daily average of 65 flights and 11,774 passengers and 12 international carriers with an average of 10 flights and 3,034 passengers daily.
“NAIA is not just one of Nigeria’s most important airports in terms of positioning, capacity and revenue generation; it is also the airport that serves Nigeria’s FCT, the seat of national governance, so it is both strategic and highly significant.
“Just like the stages in the product life cycle, a concept in marketing; which are introduction, growth, maturity and decline, the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja came into being 40 years ago.
“ I am glad that the airport has continued to grow in leaps and bounds since then, “ he said
According to him, in the year 2021 for example, a total of 5,323,905 passengers were processed through the airport, which was a whopping 37.23 per cent increase on the year 2020 figures.
On facility upgrade, Yadudu said the airport had been quite progressive notwithstanding that the airport was closed to flight operations for comprehensive runway rehabilitation in 2017.
He said that the President Muhammadu Buhari led Federal Government completed and commissioned a world-class, brand new international terminal with a passenger processing capacity of 15million per annum at NAIA in 2018.
“Terminal D of the airport was also completed and commissioned, while the airport has been linked to the railway line in Abuja, making for seamless movement of passengers to and from the airport.
“Additionally, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) audited the airport and certified it safe and secure for flight operations, with 96 per cent score in 2018.
“The process of recertification has commenced and it’s currently ongoing. The Federal Government has also approved the construction of the second runway for the NAIA, The trajectory of progress has been upward ever since.
“ Passengers and stakeholders have commended the level of facilities and service delivery at the airport. NAIA was adjudged the `Best Airport in Safety for the year 2018 by Airport Council International, Africa Region, “ he said.
He added that the airport also received ACI’s Airport Service Quality Award in the year 2020, amongst several others.
He affirmed that NAIA would continue to wax stronger and stronger as it was celebrating its 40th anniversary.
“We must continue to improve on our service delivery. I am confident that the NAIA, and other airports in Nigeria will be ranking amongst the best of airports in the world, in no distant time, “ Yadudu added.