New Airport Terminal To Cost Additional $400 Million

Minister of State for Aviation Hadi Sirika yesterday said the new Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport terminal would cost additional $400million to be completed.

Sirika who disclosed this while inspecting the new terminal expressed regret that government was unable to keep to the promise to deliver the project by December 2017. He attributed the delay to some challenges as regards additional work that will ensure that the terminal can be used as intended.

The minister said: “Unfortunately some of the components are very complex. They will delay the job. Some of them are from the foundation problems. A classical example is the problem of linking the old terminal to the new building.”

According to him, the project was implemented through a $500million loan from China and Nigeria is giving a counterpart funding of $100million, making it $600million. “For us to get to the end of this project, it would take an excess of $400million.”

He recalled that during the procurement processes when construction commenced, there was problem with the foundation. “Most of the inadequacies are not small work to be done but the intent of government is to speed up the work so the facility can be utilized very soon. Sirika said the master plan of the airport was a modular style to progress with increase in passenger traffic but the procurement had distorted it.

The minister said the contractor had assured him that by March 2018, they would make some parts of the airport to be functional. The representative of the China Civil Engineering Construction Company said the project was 87percent completed.

Abuja Airport: FAAN Turns Terminal D into Departure H

The Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), says it is putting logistics in place to commence operations at the Terminal D of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja from April 19.

The Managing Director of FAAN, Engr. Saleh Dunoma, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Monday.

He also said that the authority took advantage of the six week closure of the airport to expand operation at the terminal.

Dunoma, however, assured that all the ongoing works at the terminal building would be completed before Wednesday, adding that Abuja airport would reopen as a brand new airport.

At the airport on Monday, contractors were seen putting finishing touches to the terminal in preparation for the reopening of the airport on Wednesday.

Terminal D, which was hitherto used as ticketing area by Arik Air, Air Peace and Dana Air, will henceforth be used as departure hall for domestic passengers in addition to the existing Terminal B.

FAAN’s spokesperson for the Airport, Mrs Faithful Hope-Ivbaze, said the terminal would continue to serve the three airlines, adding that their passengers would henceforth board flights from there.

Hope-Ivbaze also said passengers of Arik, Air Peace, and Dana Air would no longer have to go to Terminal B to wait for their flights.

She further said the plan is to decongest the local wing and ease the suffering of passengers who always passed through stress to go to departure after booking.

“The terminal B is being arranged to also serve as departure for domestic passengers of three airlines that operate here.

“Everything here is of standard, we have installed 10 air conditioners here and we are installing lift and escalator,’’ she said.

Also at the Terminal B, lift has been installed to help physically challenged persons who travel through the airport.

All the seats at the terminal, including the protocol lounge, have been changed to new ones ahead of the reopening.

At the arrival section, all the seats have also being replaced with new ones, while all the toilets have been fixed and cleaned up.

The entire terminal building has been renovated; the international wing rehabilitated and cleaned up for operation.

Abuja airport was shut on March 8 for the repairs of its runway for six weeks while flights were diverted to Kaduna International Airport.

The rehabilitation work on the runway has been completed while the airport is billed to reopen on Wednesday.