The Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, Festus Keyamo (SAN), has directed international airlines to vacate the old Terminal of the Murtala Mohammed International Airport starting from October 1, 2023 which according to him is to give room for total maintenance work at the airport.
Keyamo asked the airlines to move to the newly completed terminal while work begins at the rehabilitation of the old Terminal.
Suspended Airports’ Concession and National Carrier.
The airports concession and national carrier which were major projects under the aviation roadmap implemented by the immediate past administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has also been suspended by the Minister.
Speaking during his tour of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) in Lagos, his first tour of the airport since his appointment, the former APC Presidential Campaign spokesman said the concession and national carrier would be on hold until further notice.
Barely a week to the end of the last administration, the Federal Government announced that it has successfully concessioned the Murtala Muhammad International Airport (MMIA), Lagos and Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja. A controversial move criticized by many.
The then Minister of Aviation through his Special Assistant on Public Affairs, Mr James Odaudu, stated that the concessioning was approved by the Federal Executive Council (FEC).
He disclosed that the Corporacion American Airport Consortium emerged as the preferred bidder, which comprises the Corporation American Airports, Mota Engil Africa, and Mota Engil Nigeria.
Furthermore, the Corporacion American Airport Consortium will make upfront payments of $7 million for NAIA and $1.5 million for MAKIA.
Orders Demolition of Hangers
He has ordered the immediate demolition of Dominion and EAN hangars at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport Two (MMIA 2) in Lagos.
He said the demolition was necessary to pave way for the expansion of the airport.