Official:Nigerian airports record growth in cargo,passenger traffic



Stella-Oduah 600By Chuks Okoh

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria ( FAAN), said Wednesday that cargo movements at the designated airports across the country increased by 20 per cent in 2013 with a load factor of over 52, 590 ,725.65 kilogrammes .The increase in cargo movement, the general manager corporate communications of FAAN, Mr Yakubu Dati said was occasioned by insecurity on the roads .
Dati said the 52,590,725 .65 kilogrammes of cargo recorded in the third quarter of 2013 is a remarkable achievement when compared with 43, 582, 117.90 kilogrammes recorded in the third quarter of 2012.
He said :” The recent designation of some of the nation’s airports as cargo airports by the Federal Government has led to a major increase in cargo movements across the country.
The concept of designating some of these airports as cargo airports was borne out of the need by the Federal Government to facilitate the exportation of agricultural produce and other
perishable goods considering the insecurity on the roads.
In the third quarter of 2013, a total of 52, 590, 752.65 kilogrammes of cargo was carried through our airports. This is against 43, 582, 117.90 in the third quarter of 2012, signifying a 20 percent growth in 2013.
The Airport Remodelling Project is a key component of the Aviation Master Plan initiated by Princess Stella Oduah, minister of aviation. It is designed to modernise all the 22 airports
terminals in the country towards restructuring them as centre point of economic activity and investor’s destination.”
Meanwhile, Nigerian airports recorded eight per cent increase in passenger traffic in the third quarter of 2013. According to statistics released by FAAN, a total of 3, 807,001 passengers used the airports in the third quarter of 2013 as against 3, 524, 497 passengers in the third quarter of 2012 representing a growth of eight percent.
Speaking in an interview, the general manager corporate communications , Mr Yakubu Dati said the increase in passenger traffic is attributable to the massive investment in the airports such as the expansion of the ‘E’ and ‘D’ fingers at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos, the busiest airport in the country .
Dati said the authority has also embarked on the installation of modern facilities such as conveyor belts, security screening machines, immigration counters and transit lounges.
This is just as he said :” The recent remodelling of our airports across the country has led to a significant increase in passenger traffic at these airports.
A total of 3, 807,001 passengers used the airports in the third quarter of 2013 as against 3, 524, 497 passengers in the third quarter of 2012 representing a growth of
eight percent.
This growth is attributable to the massive investment in the airports such as the expansion of the ‘E’ and ‘D’ fingers at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos, the busiest airport in the country and the installation of modern facilities such as conveyor belts, security screening machines, immigration counters and transit lounges.
The Airport Remodelling Project is a key component of the Aviation Master Plan. It is designed to modernise all the 22 airports terminals in the country making them more customer and investment friendly.
Meanwhile , the Federal Government has procured and deployed hi- tech three -in -one
liquid, metal and explosive detection screening equipment at all Federal Airports

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