The Federal Government has taken a significant step to alleviate flight disruptions and enhance the efficiency of air travel by officially reopening the D Wing of the old international terminal at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos.
This move comes as part of a broader effort to address the challenges faced by both travelers and airlines operating in Nigeria. It is in response to the sudden relocation of foreign airlines from the international terminal of the Lagos airport to a newly adjoining terminal that opened in March.
The announcement of the reopening of the old international terminal was made by the Minister of Aviation, Mr. Festus Keyamo, on Monday. He emphasized the government’s commitment to improving the aviation sector and ensuring a seamless travel experience for passengers.
This development signifies the government’s dedication to enhancing the aviation industry’s functionality and effectiveness in response to the evolving needs of travelers and airlines.
The statement reads in part, “This is to inform the travelling public that the Hon. Minister of Aviation, Mr Festus Keyamo, has graciously allowed the use of the D Wing of the Old Murtala Muhammed International terminal to compliment the New International Terminal in order to ease facilitation of passengers through the airport.”
Keyamo had mandated that airlines move to the new terminal on October 1, 2023, but FAAN moved the foreign carriers to the facility on Wednesday.
FAAN’s abrupt transfer occurred on the same day that a fire destroyed part of the MMIA’s baggage hall, causing the agency to evacuate passengers and workers from the facility.
FAAN’s Director of Media, Mr Abdullahi Yakubu-Funtua, said that the airport fire and other developments affecting power supply forced the rapid transfer of the international carriers. However, he stated that FAAN was looking into the problem.
The usage of the D Wing for passenger processing had begun.