President Buhari to commission new Chinese-built terminal at Lagos airport
President Muhammadu Buhari will on Tuesday commission the newly built international terminal of the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos, constructed by China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC).
The new terminal is expected to boost passenger and goods air travel to and from the West African country.
Fitted with 66 check-in counters, it has the capacity to process 14 million passengers per year, and was built on a landmass of approximately 56,000 square meters.
Construction of the terminal was part of a larger plan to build five new terminals in five different Nigerian airports to boost air travel in the country.
Other terminals are under construction in Abuja, Port Harcourt, Kano, and Enugu.
The plan was funded in part by a 500 million U.S. dollar loan acquired from the Export and Import Bank of China.
A statement by the Acting General Manager, Corporate Affairs of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Faithful Hope-Ivbaze, explained that the new terminal has been built to high modern standards and offers various facilities aimed at offering the most convenience to travelers.
“Other facilities in the terminal include 5 baggage collection carousels, 16 immigration desks at arrival, 28 immigration desks at departure, 8 security screening points, 6 passenger boarding bridges (out of which 2 has already been installed), 2 food courts, 4 premium lounges, 22 guest rooms and spa, 16 airline ticketing offices, visa on arrival and port health facility, as well as praying area, more than 3,000 square meters of duty-free space, approximately 5,000 square meters of lettable utility space, amongst others”, the statement read in part.