The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria has reaffirmed its commitment to air passengers, stating that it is ready to host air passengers during and after the Eid-el-Kabir celebration.
FAAN stated that the necessary safety measures had already been implemented to ensure a safe travel process.
“To ensure safe, healthy and seamless facilitation of our highly esteemed passengers during this celebration, the authority has put necessary safety measures in place, particularly concerning the COVID-19 protocols laid down by relevant government agencies,” it said.
According to a statement issued by FAAN on Monday, other facilities are also operating at peak capacity, and the airports’ security architecture has been strengthened to accommodate the expected increase in passenger traffic.
The statement further states that intending passengers should make early preparations to complete their travel requirements on time.
“We want to re-emphasize that protocol officers and orderlies of dignitaries will not be allowed into the airport except they are travelling alongside their principals as only travelling passengers will be allowed into the airports,” it added.
Recall that, Aviation companies operating at the country’s airports are suffering from low-profit margins as a result of low tariffs and rising costs of doing business in the country.
Ground handling rates in Nigeria are the lowest in Africa, with domestic operators paying handlers between N10,000 and N20,000 for full ground handling charges.
Foreign airline operators, for example, charge $1,673 for narrow-body aircraft and $4,715 for wide-body aircraft in Guinea, while Senegal charges $2,250 for narrow-body aircraft and $5,259 for wide-body aircraft.
Cameroon charges $1,400 for narrow-body planes and $4,500 for wide-body planes, whereas Ghana charges $1,500 for narrow-body planes and $4,150 for wide body planes.
As a result, aviation stakeholders have stated that low-profit margins would put a strain on safety and security, as well as the long-term viability of the country’s ground handling business.