Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited, which operates Murtala Muhammed Airport Terminal 2, has expressed interest in bidding on the federal government’s current concession of four main airport terminals.
Dr Wale Babalakin, the chairman of BASL, announced during a press conference. Last Friday, Babalakin talked with aviation reporters at the MMA2 terminal in Lagos.
Lagos, Abuja, Kano, and Port Harcourt airports are among the four major terminals that would be a concession.
Babalakin stated that the company was competent because it had operated MMA2 for 14 years with low resources and had run the terminal well despite problems.
He said: “On the ongoing process to concession four of the major airports, in more organized climes, they will check the track records of those who have done it well. In advanced countries, they will offer them a right of first refusal before opening the process”.
“Hence, BASL has within its limited resources operated MMA2 for 14 years and has run the terminal well despite challenges it has come to face from the government”.
Only Nigerian bidders with the necessary capability, according to the BASL chairman, should be interested in bidding for the terminals.
Babalakin also urged the federal government to follow through on the approval it received to begin regional operations from its terminal to relieve passengers’ burdens.
He claimed that forcing passengers to transit from MMA2 to the international to connect flights to the West Coast was causing airlines enormous losses and passengers unfathomable hardships.
According to the chairman, despite the size of the MMA2 terminal’s regional facility, only roughly a third of it had been put into operation.
He said: “Before we talk about our loss, what are the airlines losing? “The airlines are bleeding because of the logistics nightmare of having to move from one terminal to the other just because we want to carry the same traffic.
“We are losing a lot of money because we invested a lot of money in creating a regional wing on our platform, but the exact amount we are losing I may not know offhand”.