Tuesday, 19 November, 2019

Lagos to get new airport in April 2020


The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, said Wednesday that Lagos State, the nation’s commercial nerve centre, would get a new international airport before the Easter celebration next year.

Sirika also told State House correspondents at the end of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, that the Federal Government would deliver a new airport in Kano in December this year.

He said President Muhammadu Buhari had approved counterpart funding for the delivery of the two airports as scheduled.

He said: “Mr. President has gratuitously approved counterpart funding to quickly finish the new Lagos airport and that of Kano. We will by God’s grace complete Kano Airport in December and the new Lagos Airport with that of Enugu before Easter.”

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According to the minister, it has become absolutely important to construct a new airport in Lagos because when the Murtala Mohammed International Airport was first commissioned in 1980, it was designed to serve only 200,000 people.

“With the number of passengers using the airport now risen from 200,000 in 1980 to eight million people today with the number of infrastructure there-in already collapsed state.

“The plan for the overhaul of the Lagos airport was in two phases and that after the delivery of the new airport, the old one will be redesigned and reconstructed in acknowledgment of the growing population of Lagos as well as the attraction that Lagos continues to generate.

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