The Federal Government has concluded plans to build international terminal at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport, Abuja this year as it would convert the existing one to domestic terminal, while the old domestic terminal would now be General Aviation (GAT) and Hajj terminal.
This was disclosed weekend to journalists by the Director of Engineering, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Mr. Saleh Dunoma, in Abuja during a facility tour of ongoing airport projects in different parts of the country.
Dunoma explained that the airport at the Federal Capital Territory needed befitting airport facilities and that the Federal Government was committed to doing that and had started by providing new infrastructure in many of the airports in the country, including that of the Abuja airport.
At Abuja airport, the present international terminal where domestic operators moved to while the old domestic terminal is being rebuilt and expanded, would now be their permanent facility, and when the new international terminal is completed international operations would be moved to the new facility.
The GAT and Hajj terminal that is being built at the Abuja airport has been expanded and provision made for enlarged departure halls, central search and other sections to ensure easy and comfortable passenger facilitation.
The new structure has comprehensive security system with screening equipment at the threshold and at the central search. There are also crew changing room, meeters and greeters, restaurant, toilet facilities for crew and expanded ones for passengers at both departure and arrival.
At the GAT section which is provided for charter operators who attend to VIPs, the security system is built in a way that the airlines would station their personnel at the entrance so that they would quickly attend to their clients and take them to the aircraft after passing through the security process.
The facility was also built and provision made for shops to enhance the non-aeronautical revenue of FAAN and to make the whole terminal passenger friendly as a section of the Hajj area was dedicated to those who may accompany the would-be pilgrim and they could buy things and get entertained before the passenger moves to departure.
On security, Dunoma said that FAAN would depend more on sophisticated security apparatus based on technology and not on the old system as security threats in the country has taken a new dimension.
He emphasised that the agency would embark on massive training of its aviation personnel, adding that this would be a continuous process in order to have firm and reliable security operation at the airports in the country.