Lagos - The Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos has opened a new departure and screening point at the international terminal.
Yakubu Dati, coordinating spokesman for Aviation Parastatals confirmed the development.
“The extended departure hall feature 5 state of the art screening machines and 2 body scanners at each of the wings in addition 30 new immigration counters.
"A distinguishing feature of the new screening machines is the ability to detect explosive materials and potential threat items real time with the lowest rate of false alarm,” he added.
He said the introduction of new immigration counters had taken passenger facilitation to another level.
The extended departure consists of 14 check-in counters, seven hand-luggage X-ray machines and eight walk-through body scanners at the E finger.
“The facility is equipped with 11 toilet facilities for both male and female passengers, as well as disabled persons. The new extension comes with commercial offerings. These duty free shops will afford passengers the opportunity for last minute shopping, refreshments and other conveniences in line with global standards and recommended practices.
"The improvements in physical extension of the passenger handling area is by one and a-half times or 150 per cent more than its previous size. Three new hi-tech conveyor systems have also been installed in this new section since early this year,” he added.
The ongoing remodeling had led to an expansion of about 25 percent as against the former operational area, in expectation of the expected passenger growth.
The new facility is part of the strategy by the President Jonathan Goodluck to make Murtala Mohammed International Airport the preferred regional hub in the West African sub- region.
The Managing Director of FAAN, George Uriesi, who personally supervised the operation expressed appreciation to Immigration, Customs and other security organisations for their support.
– CAJ News