The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) said the Lagos Airport requires a new international terminal to ensure passenger comfort and facilitation.
The NCAA Director General, Dr. Harold Demuren, who was speaking against the backdrop of dilapidating infrastructure at the nation’s airport, said the terminal built more than 30 years ago was no longer adequate for the increased number of passengers it handles.
“A new terminal building is necessary in Lagos next year, we must work hard at it”, said the director general.
The DG who spoke to journalists in Lagos last week also said domestic air transport had improved greatly in the last five years because the country recorded no commercial aircraft accident during this period.
“The good thing in the last five years is that domestic air transport has improved tremendously. People move domestically and we are very happy that aviation has become the engine of economic growth. And we will continue and do it safely. We have gone five years without any major schedule operation accident. We must keep it that way; our goal remains zero accident, zero fatality”, he further added,
Demuren also said security at the airports has improved because of the body scanners deployed at security checking in areas. He said though people do not like the fact that scanners are being used, their use nevertheless helps improve the safety of aircraft and passengers.
He however decried the issue of manpower in the industry, adding that currently the industry is losing skilled manpower to Asian airlines because they offer better packages. He however stressed the need for the country and aviation organisations to continuously train manpower to a sustainable level.
The director general further stressed that his agency would continue to enforce safety regulation to ensure that the industry remains safe.