November 30, 2022

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How FG, states can entice industrial, passenger site visitors to airports – Bernard


The federal and state governments can entice industrial actions and improve passenger site visitors to airports inside their area by contemplating development of purchasing malls, various energy provide and different amenities throughout the constructing of an airport anyplace within the nation with a view to entice site visitors to them.

Talking at a one-day discussion board in Lagos, Group Managing Director, Finchglow Holdings,

Mr. Bankole Bernard mentioned such ventures would improve industrial actions and increase non-aeronautical revenues at such aerodromes.

Mr Bernard, who chaired discussions on the occasion mentioned that the federal government might additionally contemplate the supply of inexpensive motels, which might give credence to investments.

He emphasised that the flexibility to supply Mattress & Breakfast (B&B) motels across the terminals of a few of these airports could be of nice attraction, whereas additionally growing the viability of the airport as properly.

With these, he argued that any airport inside the nation could be viable and entice extra travellers to it.

He additional noticed that solely 4 airports out of twenty-two within the nation; Lagos, Port Harcourt, Abuja and Kano function 24 hours companies, whereas the operations of the opposite 18 airports are restricted to solely sundown.

In keeping with him, efforts to boost the operations of Owerri Airport, one other worldwide aerodrome to function from dawn to sundown had proved abortive over time.

Bernard emphasised that aviation operates with worldwide requirements and appealed to the federal government in any respect ranges to take a cue from different nations, which guarantee industrial viability of their airports by considering exterior the field.

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He mentioned: “What then are the doable options to contemplate given the quite a few challenges we’re confronted with within the trade? We are able to begin with the modernisation of airport terminals with purchasing malls. This may contribute to the industrial viability of the airports and different essential infrastructures just like the web and fixed energy provide to help companies.

“How about contemplating different sources of energy? We should start to think about an alternate energy provide like renewable vitality to maintain the airport useful and scale back the price of operation in the long term. This will even make the airport viable and engaging.

“Lastly, there may be the world of interconnectivity inside the airports. The interconnectivity of the native airports to the worldwide airports will contribute to the financial viability of those airports. It can additionally deliver the connection to such airports; therefore it is not going to be restricted to 1 drop-off and pick-up.”