Rat­ing of Port Har­court air­port, un­founded, con­tro­ver­sial –FAAN

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Ab­dul­la­teef Aliyu, La­gos

The Fed­eral Air­ports Au­thor­ity of Nige­ria (FAAN) yes­ter­day de­scribed as un­founded a re­cent sur­vey con­ducted by the Sleeping­I­nAir­ports.net, which rated the Port Har­court In­ter­na­tional Air­port as the “dirt­i­est and most cor­rupt in Africa”.

Ac­cord­ing to the au­thor­ity, the said sur­vey which it de­scribed as con­tro­ver­sial did not take cog­nizance of the on­go­ing re­mod­elling of the air­port ter­mi­nal.

A state­ment by its Gen­eral Man­ager, Cor­po­rate Af­fairs, Yakubu Dati, FAAN, also aligned with the Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary in the min­istry of Aviation, Ha­jia Binta Bello, who had ear­lier re­jected the rat­ing. FAAN said be­cause con­struc­tion work air­port, some of the the of at its ter­mi­nal op­er­a­tions were still con­ducted in a tent.

The state­ment said: ”Our stand there­fore is that the said rank­ing was un­founded as it did not take cog­nizance of the fact that the Port Har­court Air­port ter­mi­nal is still un­der­go­ing re­mod­elling with some of its ter­mi­nal op­er­a­tions still con­ducted in a tem­po­rary struc­ture (tent). Apart from the on-go­ing re­mod­elling of the ex­ist­ing do­mes­tic ter­mi­nal, from which both in­ter­na­tional and lo­cal flight op­er­a­tions are con­ducted, con­struc­tion work is also in progress at the site of the new in­ter­na­tional ter­mi­nal, among other projects at the air­port”.

“We sin­cerely be­lieve that op­er­a­tions at such an air­port, where con­struc­tion work is go­ing on si­mul­ta­ne­ously with nor­mal flight and re­lated op­er­a­tions can­not be as con­ducive as those in air­ports where there are no on-go­ing con­struc­tion projects. Nei­ther can en­vi­ron­ments at such dif­fer­ent sce­nar­ios be equally clean, FAAN said.

The au­thor­ity as­sured pas­sen­gers, air­line op­er­a­tors and other air­port users that the ser­vices it pro­vides at the air­port “are de­liv­ered at rec­om­mended in­ter­na­tional stan­dards that en­sure safety, se­cu­rity and com­fort”.

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