The Chief Executive Officer of Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Engr. Saleh Dunoma says the new international terminal under construction at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja will be opened for operation next month. Dunoma disclosed this at the 5th Aviation Stakeholders’ Forum held yesterday in Abuja.
Although Dunoma said the terminal would be ready in four weeks, the Honourable Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika said he would rather put the target at five weeks for certainty of assurance. In any case, the terminal will be ready for use in December 2018.
The terminal is being constructed by the China Civil Engineering and Construction Company (CCECC) and the project is funded with 500 million dollars loan from the Export-Import Bank of China (China Exim Bank) and 100 million dollars counterpart funding from the Nigerian government.
“There are also additional works to be carried out like the 1,300 capacity multi-storey car park and linking of the new terminal to the train station. In four to five weeks time, the terminal will be inaugurated to start operation which will increase the capacity of the airport,” said Sirika.
The minister said the new terminal had the capacity to process four million passengers annually but added that the location of the terminal had affected the master plan of the airport, creating a requirement of additional spending of 490 million dollars, which had already been approved by Federal Executive Council (FEC).