The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) on Wednesday said it was finalizing plans to purchase new buses to improve ground facilitation at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMA), Lagos.
FAAN’s General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Mrs Herrienta Yakubu, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos.
Yakubu said the authority was aware of the current challenges being faced by travelers and other airport users over compliance with the new parking rules at the facility.
“It was put in place to ease vehicular traffic and enhance safety, security and comfort of the travelling public.
“I know that FAAN is making plans to buy new buses. They are not big buses like the shuttle buses.
“We will remove the seats and make them comfortable for passengers and their luggage.
“I know the plan is on to buy these new buses to complement the shuttle buses and that is what we are doing right now.
“But in the meantime, we are working on the shuttle buses to ensure that we have at least two on standby while one is moving.
“I am sure that between today and tomorrow, those two should be ready,’’ Yakubu said.
There had been several complaints by arrival passengers following the restriction of pick up in the area by FAAN.
Some of the passengers told the news agency of Nigeria that the shuttle buses, which were supposed to transport them to the old car park were inadequate, forcing some of them to trek there with their luggage.
They noted that transporting passengers ought to be the prerogative of FAAN, saying that it was only people using the new multi-storey car park that were sure of easy movement within the airport.
Passengers also call on the renovation of some of the facilities of the airport as deterioration is moving in quickly, adding that a stitch in time saves nine