The last international airline, British Airways, has today, joined 11 other international airlines operating in Abuja to begin operations at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja.
Daily Trust reports that BA flight, B777-300 with 221 people on board and 13 crew members and an infant, landed at about 4:45am on Tuesday to mark the beginning of its operations in the new facility commissioned December 2018.
British Airline is the first airline to commence operations in the new terminal that boasts of modern airport facilities. Mr Sani Mahmud, Regional General Manager, North-Central, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), told journalists during the BA operations that FAAN is excited that all 12 international airlines have now relocated into the new terminal building.
“We are feeling fulfilled, we started with the commissioning of the airport by Mr president on the 20thof December 2018 and we prepared and started receiving flights immediately into the terminal with Asky being the first” he explained.
“Today, all our 12 international airlines have moved in, the last being the British Airways. We are sincerely grateful to government for providing this edifice and you can see from the faces of the passengers that they are all happy to be in a new facility like this.
And we want to assure Nigerians and the world that the team in Abuja airport are competent enough to maintain this facility” the manager assured.
On the challenges, he said they are not insurmountable. There are teething problems in any new facility but we are ensuring that the airlines operates hitch free and the passengers enjoy the experience always
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