Aviation Experts Calls For Rail Link To Lagos Airport Terminals
To ensure interoperability of the domestic and international terminals at the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA), Lagos, major stakeholders in the nation’s aviation industry have called for the construction of a rail system to link both terminals, so as to enhance passenger facilitation and air cargo management.
The experts also noted that the modest successes recorded in terminal infrastructure and services at the Murtala Muhammed Airport 2 (MMA2) should be improved upon and adopted as a strategy for development of other terminals in the country.
According to them, government should have minimal participation in airport’s terminal management and infrastructure development but should concern itself primarily with aeronautical services and regulatory interventions and oversight.
The advice was contained in a communique issued at the end of Aviation Safety Round Table Initiative (ASRTI) webinar held with the theme: Nigerian Airport Concession: “How far, So far” recently.
The experts, in the document signed by one of the ASRTI top executive members, Olumide Ohunayo, also acknowledged the necessity for government to concession airport terminals in order to reduce financial burden on the federal government for airports infrastructure development management.
According to them, the concession of the terminals should not just be a departure from the status quo but with an objective to deliberately drive regional competitive hubs as well as mega carriers that will operate in those hubs.
The participants at the Webinar meeting equally enjoined the ministry of Aviation to ensure that the terminal concession process is transparently conducted in compliance with the extant laws and due process to avoid post-agreement controversies and rancour as previously experienced. In addition, the said, the government should, in its current concession plan, consider the totality of all the 22 airport terminals. (By Leadership Newspaper)