President Muhammadu Buhari commissioned the new Terminal 2 at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos on 22 March. The new building is expected to make travelling through the airport much more a delightful experience as it promises enhanced passenger comfort.
Here’s what you should know about the international Terminal 2:
- It has a capacity to handle 14 million passengers per year (both the domestic and international terminals normally handle about 7 million passengers annually)
- It has 66 check in counters
- It has 5 baggage collection carousels
- It has 16 Immigration desks at arrival, 28 Immigration desks at departure and 8 security screening points
- It is equipped with censored conveyor belt, seven jet bridges, 10 ultra-modern cooling systems in the baggage hall
- It has 6 boarding bridges
- It has two food courts, four premium lounges, 22-room hotel for stop-overs and spa
- It has ample space for duty free shops and banks and recreational areas for children, among others
- It comprises of a four-storey Main Terminal Building, three-storey Finger Building, two-storey Cargo Terminal Building, 82,925sqm apron, and external and ancillary works
- It is built on a land mass of approximately 56,000 square metres
- It was constructed by China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) under a co-financing agreement with the Chinese government to build five new terminals in five different Nigerian airports – Abuja, Enugu, Kano, Lagos and Port Harcourt. Abuja and Port Harcourt have also been commissioned. Kano is expected to be opened soon.
A statement by the Acting General Manager, Corporate Affairs of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Faithful Hope-Ivbaze, assured that the new terminal has been built to high modern standards and aimed at offering the most convenience to travellers.
Murtala Muhammed International Airport consists of an international and a domestic terminal, located about one kilometre from each other. Both terminals share the same runways. This old international Terminal 1 was opened officially on 15 March 1979 and has proved inadequate for the number of passengers that use the airport. This is why the new Terminal 2 is being welcomed by air travellers who hope it would make travelling through the airport a more pleasant experience.