The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has ordered for modern scanners to boost security at airports in the country.
The General Manager, Customer Services, FAAN, Mrs Ebele Okoye, disclosed this at the Second Quarter Stakeholders Forum held at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos on Tuesday.
Airlines operators, who though lauded the gesture, saw the development as more of compensation to the airlines that are over burdened by multiple charges, than gains to the passengers that have “usually been flying lowcost”.
Nigeria’s leading carrier, Air Peace, has signed a deal with the Benue State government to operate flights to the state capital, Makurdi in a few weeks’ time.
The director general Capt. Muhtar Usman, who stated this during the quarterly business meeting of the aviation round table in Lagos, said the country witnessed an increase in passenger traffic in 2017 as against the preceding 2016 with revenue from ticket sales by airlines increasing by 14.2 per cent (N82.7 billion more in 2017) compared to the N422.4 billion sold in 2016.
Following a major restructuring and reforms of the Nigerian Aviation sector by the Federal Government, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), says about 3.4 million passengers travelled through Nigerian airports during the first quarter of 2018 as against the 2.6 million passengers recorded in first quarter of 2017.
Nigeria Government has finally cleared the debt, which was about $600m at the peak of the recent recession, the depth has been paid despite the paucity of funds confronting the nation at present.