A set of tourism experts and international airline operators have commended the Federal Government over the completion and opening of the new international terminal at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.
Speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Wednesday, Mr Ikechi Uko, Organiser of Akwaaba Africa Travel Market and a tourism expert, said that building airport infrastructure would go a long way to reposition the nation’s aviation industry.
“I need to commend the people who created the vision and they were not even thinking of three million or five million passengers but 15 million, which is remarkable.
Also, Mr Nkereuwem Onung, Chairman, Board of Trustees, National Association of Tour Operators (NATOP) said a lot more needed to be done to ensure proper utilisation of the facility.
Onung, who stated that it was not enough to have a beautiful airport with increased capacity, said it was necessary to ensure that more airplanes were landing and taking off at the airport.
Mr Tilahun Tedesse, Traffic and Sales Manager, Ethiopian Airlines, said the airline might commence operation from the new terminal on Jan. 8 or Jan. 9, 2019.
Tedesse said the new terminal was an international airport standard, adding that it was a big change from the existing terminal.