Buhari said the event represents yet another significant milestone for international air travellers in and out of the Federal Capital Territory. Mr Sani Mahmud, Regional General Manager, North Central, FAAN/Airport Manager, NAIA, said the maiden operation was hitch-free with the successful processing of 91 passenger on board Asky Airlines from Lome, Togo and the departing passengers to Ndjamena on the same flight. Wang said there was need for the country to improve on efficiency in its air transport sector for more passengers comfort and safety. It holds a pride of place, among airports in the country, as the international airport for the country’s federal capital, Abuja. Wale Odunsi The new terminal at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, was commissioned by President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday. “If you meet such facility at the airport on your arrival, you will feel relaxed,” she added. According to him, he can be proud any where in the world that Nigeria now has a beautiful airport. We sincerely appreciate all the stakeholders that made this possible and as you can see, all the agencies are on ground for international operations. Asky Airlines’ B737-700 aircraft with flight number ET-AVP, which landed at the airport at 3:30 p.m from Lome in Togo, had 91 persons on board comprising 85 passengers and six crew members. The new terminal at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, was commissioned by President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday. “The last time I traveled through this airport was like a nightmare but I can’t imagine the experience of today in this same airport because this time around it is really fantastic. Dunoma said he expected other international airlines to move into the new terminal as soon as possible, saying it was a great departure from what was obtainable at the old terminal in terms of equipment and passenger facilitation. Commenting on the maiden flight, the Managing Director, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Mr Saleh Dunoma, said the new terminal had been positioned to meet passengers’ expectations. According to Saleh Dunoma, managing director of Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), the new terminal will better meet passenger expectations, offering a much higher level of “safety, passenger facilitation and comfort” compared to the old terminal and more international airlines are expected to move to the new facility in the coming months. Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA) in Abuja, Nigeria, has opened its new international passenger terminal, with Asky Airlines the first airline to move into the facility. The project was funded by the 600 billion dollars, comprising 500 billion dollars loan from the Export-Import Bank of China (China EXIM Bank). “As it is now, it is good and I am urging the government to ensure that this airport is maintained and keep it clean as it is today,” he said. The balance of 100 billion dollars is counterpart funding from Nigerian government. Monomon said the terminal could be described as one the best anywhere in the world, saying it was a great achievement in the air transport sector. With a decade of experience in trade publishing, Hazel first joined UKi Media & Events in 2011 as assistant editor before progressing to editor of Business Airport International. Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport. After taking 18 months off to bring up her daughter and try her hand at marketing copywriting, she returned to UKi Media & Events in January 2018 to do what she loves best – magazine editing! “We want to assure Nigerians and the world that this terminal will be maintained beautifully because we have a very good strong team in this airport. Commenting on the maiden flight, the Managing Director, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Mr Saleh Dunoma, said the new terminal … “We sincerely appreciate all the stakeholders that made this possible and as you can see, all the agencies are on ground for international operations. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that the terminal, which was inaugurated by President Buhari on Dec. 20, is one of the four international terminals being constructed by the China Civil Engineering and Construction Corporation (CCECC) in Lagos, Kano and Port Harcourt. 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Download Vanguard News App. Mahmud assured that all the facilities in the terminal had been tested and certified perfect to handle all international flights, adding that the commencement of operation by Asky was a confirmation. Also Isidore Nwoko, a Nigerian technician based in Ndjamena, said he was delighted to see such an airport terminal in the country, saying he was angry that Nigeria could not afford to have a world class airport before now. Published January 6, 2019 Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja The newly-inaugurated international terminal at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport… AKS as metaphor (2), The tragic experience of Dr. Ezekiel Izuogu and its corollaries (1). This is the same team that certified this airport in 2017, won the best improved airport in safety in 2018 and also won the airport manager of the year back to back in 2017 and 2018,” Mahmud added. Commenting on the opening, Sani Mahmud, regional general manager, North Central, FAAN and airport manager at NAIA, said, “We thank god for making it possible that we were able to commence flight operations in the new terminal of the NAIA, which was commissioned on December 20, 2018, by President Muhammadu Buhari. The airport is slated to be opened in January 2018; this is according to the Nigerian state officials. The ongoing construction work on the new terminal for Abuja airport-Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport is 80% complete. She urged the government and the airport management to ensure that the facility was properly maintained to retain the standard, adding that the major problem in Africa was maintenance. Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site. “We want to assure Nigerians and the world that this terminal will be maintained beautifully because we have a very good strong team in this airport. “This is the same team that certified this airport in 2017, won the best improved airport in safety this year and also won the airport manager of the year back to back in 2017 and 2018,” he said. 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