The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria has said it would close the Murtala Muhammed International Airport’s Apron Gate 1 and some sections of Taxiway F to human and vehicular traffic for six weeks.
The agency said the directive, which became effective on Friday, would enable contractors working on the new terminal to link it with the old one.
The agency’s General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Mrs Henrietta Yakubu, said, “FAAN hereby notifies airlines, airport users and the general public that effective Friday June 7, 2019, the Murtala Muhammed International Airport’s Apron Gate 1 and some sections of Taxiway F would be closed to human and vehicular traffic for six weeks.
“This closure is to enable the contractor handling the construction of the new terminal, China Civil Construction Company, link the proposed apron under construction to the existing one.”
Yakubu stated that to maintain orderliness and ensure safety of operators while the project would last, the agency had developed and deployed specific procedures for vehicular movements and officers of the aviation security department had been mobilised to ensure compliance.
“The authority will like to solicit the understanding and cooperation of all concerned towards ensuring a safe airside for aircraft movement and personnel safety during the construction,” she added.
The Federal Government had last year said the new terminal would soon be completed and put to use.
It stated that it envisaged that the new terminal, upon completion, would help to ease passengers’ facilitation at the airport as well as increase passengers’ volume.