By Oluwatoyin Ajadi
The new ultra-modern airport terminal at the Murtala Muhammed International airport in Lagos is now open for use for the travelling public following the commissioning of the terminal by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The new terminal built on a landmass of 56,000 square meters has the capacity for about 14 million passengers annually.
Built by the China Civil Engineering Construction Company alongside four other local consulting firms, the terminal has 66 check-in counters with, a three-dimensional multi-layer sorting baggage system, including 5 arrivals and 6 departure systems, 7 boarding bridges, a restaurant, and other leisure facilities.
It is also equipped with 60-beds hotel facilities for passengers’ comfort.
The airport consists of a four-story main terminal building, three-story finger building, two-story cargo terminal building, 82,925 square meters apron, and external works, such as bridges and roads.
Under the current administration, the five major airports across the country, including the Abuja, Kano, Lagos, Enugu, and Port Harcourt International airport terminal buildings have been given facelifts to reflect their international status.
To further ease congestion at the new terminal and the Murtala Muhammed International airport in general, the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Lagos State government on the construction of the new Airport Alimosho Bypass Project (AABP) which is a 4-phase project designed to decongest the Lagos Abeokuta Expressway.
The 9km Airport-Shasha-Alimosho link Road to be constructed by the State Government is the first phase of the project.