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$200m airport terminal in Abuja operational soon

The new terminal building under construction at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, which cost US$200 million will begin operation soon.
Mr Mahmud Sani, Regional General Manager, North Central, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), said the terminal building is expected to accommodate new traffic on account of the Abuja’s new metro rail and the proposed second runway already appropriated in the 2018 budget.
Sani gave the assurance at the ongoing 2018 Abuja International Trade Fair in Abuja and reported that the terminal building construction is being undertaken by Chinese Civil Engineering and Construction Company (CCECC).
Sani, who is also the Abuja Airport Manager, said that the terminal building would be completed and opened before the end of October, as earlier promised by the Managing Director of FAAN, Mr Saleh Dunoma.
He explained that the operations directorate of FAAN had carried out an inspection on the terminal and identified issues to be resolved, adding that the contractors were already putting finishing touches.
According to him, necessary facilities such as scanners, escalators, security cameras and checking counters as well as two boarding bridges have been installed.
“The terminal is almost ready for operation because we have put in place facilities that will make it functional in the shortest possible time. We have been working with the contractor and consultant to put finishing touches.
“The operations directorate and the security have already gone round with the contractor and our findings communicated to the managing director. He is now discussing with the contractors to make all necessary adjustments before the date.
“What they are doing now is just fixing signage and other facilities. Things like conveyor belt, escalators, checking counters, cameras, body scanners and two boarding bridges, have all been installed and tested.”
Sani said that works were ongoing around the airport train station to link it to both the old and new terminal buildings.
He also disclosed that plans were on ground to construct two multi-storey car parks at the airport, to address parking challenges and ease the flow of traffic.
According to him, a temporary car park is being constructed by the CCECC pending when the proposed multi-storey car parks are in place.
“The train station is already functional and work is seriously ongoing to link it to the terminal, which I believe will be completed in few days time.
“We are currently using the train station through the old terminal but they are constructing canopy to link both the old the new terminal to the station,” he added.