Air France, Other Airlines Commence Flights into New PH Terminal
The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), on Monday announced that three foreign airlines which include Air France, Lufthansa and Cronos Airlines from Malabo, Equatorial Guinea had commenced operations into the recently inaugurated Port Harcourt International Airport.
FAAN, through its Twitter handle, said, “Air France, Lufthansa, Cronos Airlines from Malabo moved their operations into the Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa.”
The General Manager, Corporate Affairs, FAAN, Mrs Henrietta Yakubu said that the terminal became fully operational on Friday when movement of agencies and installation of technical facilities were concluded.
She said Cronos Airlines arrived from Accra, Ghana, at 1 pm, followed by Lufthansa from Frankfurt and Air France from Paris at 7 pm.
According to Yakubu, the terminal, measuring 27, 000 square metres, has the capacity to process five million passengers per annum.
President Muhammadu Buhari, had in October 2018, inaugurated the new terminal, saying that it had become necessary for the government to take decisive action to ensure that the nation’s airport terminals met minimum international standards for the travelling public.
He said the construction of four new international terminals at Abuja, Lagos, Port Harcourt and Kano airports was embarked upon by the Nigerian Government with a view to modernising ageing airport infrastructure so that they could meet global aviation standards.
The President said with the increase in national population with the consequent surge in air passenger traffic, the capacity of the airport terminals had become woefully inadequate to cater to the increase in passenger traffic.
He said “Although palliative measures were periodically carried out, the facilities were fast giving-in to the effects of wear and tear. It, therefore, became necessary to take decisive action to ensure that our terminals meet minimum international standards for the travelling public.”
The Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, had also stated that about $600 million had been expended on the Lagos, Kano, Abuja and Port Harcourt airports since 2014. According to him, the China Exim Bank provided a $500 million loan in the same year, while $100 million was provided by the Nigerian Government as counterpart funding.