By LAWANI MIKAIRU & DANIEL ETEGHE
Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos will soon have a larger car. This was disclosed by the Deputy General Manager, Public Affairs, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Mr Victor Arisa.
Speaking to newsmen at MMIA in Lagos, Mr. Arisa said that the management of FAAN was awaiting an approval of the new design of a larger capacity car park which was part of Federal Government’s remodelling exercise taking place at the airport.
“FAAN management is worried and is not unaware of the over-stressed parks. We have come up with a design. We are awaiting the approval of the Ministry of Aviation to carry out a new construction and expansion that will have a larger capacity for parking,” he said.
He said that the current car parks at the airport premises are safe to park cars, although cars are meant to be parked at owners’ risk as it was obtained outside the airport premises.
Mr. Arisa further noted that the airport management has security outfits, including armed policemen that patrol the parks every hour of the day, including at nights.
“We try as much as possible to patrol the parks. We have the policemen, aviation security personnel and the Nigeria Civil Defence Corps that patrol there every hour. We have never heard of car theft in our car parks and travellers often park their cars overnight, even for days, to travel and come back to pick the car at the park,” he said.
He said that the airport has a structure for cars to be parked overnight and for days. He noted that travellers making use of the special arrangement pay more than those parking on hourly basis.
The manager, however, noted that drivers pay a minimum of N100 per car whenever they make use of the parking facility at both the international wing and the General Aviation Terminal of the airport, (GAT).