Thursday, October 9, 2014

OVER A MILLION PASSENGERS USED REMODELLED LAGOS DOMESTIC TERMINAL 1 IN EIGHT MONTHS


By Yakubu Dati
A total of 1, 007, 823 passengers passed through Domestic Terminal 1 of the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos, between January and August 2014. The terminal has become passenger’s choice after its remodelling.
This figure is expected to rise in the last quarter of 2014 as three new domestic airlines have concluded plans to commence operations at the terminal in October 2014.
Air Peace Airlines and Azman Airline will soon commence scheduled operations while Discovery Airline has already commenced operations at the terminal.
A breakdown of the figure shows that a total number of 507,542 passengers arrived at the terminal while 500,281 departed from the terminal during the period under review.
During the first quarter of 2014, a total of 265,142 passengers at the Domestic terminal while 258,845 passengers departed from it.
The second quarter of 2014 witnessed a total number of 241,436 departing passengers and 242,400 arriving passengers.
The attraction of airlines to the terminal cannot be over emphasized as a total number of 12,564 aircraft movements were recorded at the terminal between January and August 2014.
A breakdown of the figure shows that a total of 6,198 aircraft arrived at the terminal while 6,366 departed from it.
During the first quarter, the terminal recorded a total number of 6,508 aircraft movements.
During the second quarter of the period under review, the terminal recorded a total of 6,056 aircraft movements.
The quantum of economic activities generated has translated into more jobs and wealth creation not only at the Lagos airport but also at other remodelled airports under the President Goodluck Aviation Transformation programme.