By Isaac Tersoo Agber
The Muritala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos has been rated the fifth busiest airport in Africa by the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
According to the rating, the airport comes after the OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg, the Cairo International Airport, the Cape Town International Airport and the Mohammed V International Airport, Casablanca, Morocco, but has an edge over the others as one of the fastest growing in Africa especially with the new terminal now nearing completion and expected to go on stream later this year.
The rating by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) came on the heels of the kudos passed on the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), which manages the MMIA, by the Director General of the Airport Council International (ACI) worldwide, Angela Gittens, for its excellent performance at the recent International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Universal Safety Oversight Audit Programme (USOAP).
The ACI boss, while urging FAAN to share its experience with others, pleaded with the agency to guide other countries in Africa to attain similar safety and security standards it achieved recently.
“We are very proud of how the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria has improved on safety and security. We hope that with the kind of success achieved, we would be able to call on them to help other airports,” Gittens said.