FAAN: FG upgrades dilapidated infrastructure at airports

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THE Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) says government will continue to make massive investment efforts towards renewing dilapidated airport infrastructure across the country as a way to ensure safety in the aviation sector.

Managing-Director of FAAN, Capt. Rabiu Yadudu, at a news conference in Abuja said that  “some  of the five new terminals in our international airports have been completed while others are at advanced stages of completion.

“Apart from other efforts to reposition the sector, government has been re-constructing some airport runways safety. Airport management is capital intensive.”

Yadudu said that it had become imperative to review the Passenger Service Charge (PSC) from N1,000 to N2,000 per passenger.

Noting that the review would commence from September 1, he explained that the current charge  “was no longer realistic as it does not correlate with realities of cost related inflation rate, which the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) put at 12.82 per cent.

“FAAN has not increased Passenger Service Charges (PSC) since 2011 in spite all the huge capital investment at our airports.

“Besides, FAAN, until late 2019 was collecting the naira equivalent of PSC at an official rate from N305.50 to N344.38 to a dollar.”

Yadudu implored airport users and the general public to bear with FAAN as it is laden with high cost of operation.

He said it would be necessary to roll out new advisories for airlines and air travelers as the nation was preparing for the resumption of scheduled international airlines into the country.

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