Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja rated best in Africa

Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja rated best in Africa

- The Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport has been recognised for its contribution to air passenger traffic in Africa

- The facility located in the Nigerian capital has been named the best airport on the continent

- The award indicates the key role the airport plays as an emerging aviation hub in West Africa

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The Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport located in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja has been named the best airport in Africa by the Airport Council International (ACI), a non-profit organisation representing the world's airports.

This was disclosed in a press statement released by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) on Monday, March 1 seen by Legit.ng.

The statement signed by FAAN's spokesperson, Henrietta Yakubu, noted that the airport was awarded the Airport Service Quality (ASQ) Award 2020.

The decision was made by their customers and the category was the best airport by size and region.

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Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja rated best in Africa
The award is seen as a big plus to the Buhari administration's infrastructural investments. Photo credit: @MBuhari
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Legit.ng gathered that the Abuja airport witnesses passenger traffic to the tune of 5 to 15 million per year and the regarded as the highest in the African continent.

Part of the statement read:

“This award represents the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) commitment to continuously improving customer experience across all our airports.
“The recognition comes at a time when we are geared towards ensuring seamless airport facilitation with the opening of new terminals and upgrading of our current infrastructures across board.
“Despite a turbulent year plagued by COVID-19 induced financial struggles, the authority has endeavored to prioritize customer satisfaction while ensuring that health and safety remain topmost.
“FAAN MD/CEO Captain Rabiu Yadudu accepted the award on behalf of the authority and restated FAAN’s commitment to ensuring the safety, security, and comfort of passengers at all airports across the country.”

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Meanwhile, the Delta state government on Tuesday, February 24 signed a 30 years agreement with the Asaba Airport Company Limited to manage the Asaba International Airport.

Speaking at the agreement-signing ceremony which was held at the Airport, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa said the decision to concession the facility was taken in the best interest of the people of the state.

He stated that there was no way the state government could effectively manage and develop the airport without resorting to the Public-Private Partnership model.

In a related development, the Akwa Ibom state government says it is committed to the timely completion of the Maintenance, Repairs, and Overhaul facility at the Victor Attah International Airport, Uyo.

The facility is expected to enhance the status of the airport as an internationally recognised gateway, with the government stating that it was fully aware of the strategic advantage it will accord the state and nation in the sub-Saharan aviation sector.

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Jerrywright Ukwu is a senior political/defence correspondent at Legit.ng based in Abuja. He is a graduate of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos and the International Institute of Journalism in Abuja. He is also an active member of the Nigeria Union of Journalists. He spends his leisure-time reading history books.

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