By Lawani Mikairu
Seymour Aviation Limited has reaffirmed that with the completion of a multi-storey car park with a capacity for about 1,300 cars at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) in Lagos, the company, will continually explore Public Private Partnership (PPP) opportunities as part of efforts to reduce the infrastructural deficit inherent in Nigeria’s aviation industry. In a press statement released by the company in Lagos, the Managing Director, Seymour Aviation Limited, Francis Ikenga, said that the firm is well positioned to exceed the expectations of travelers.
Equipped with a sophisticated billing system programmed to provide users with the exact amount for time spent at the parking lot, Ikenga noted that the facility will eliminate long queues, reduce traffic, speed up passenger and vehicular movements at the landside of the airport terminal.
Built in line with global standards, Ikenga pointed out that the multi-level car park is equipped with the state-of-the-art facilities including Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras mounted on every floor and around the premises, adequate conveniences for both male and female users on every floor of the complex.
“To ensure uninterrupted power supply, the facility is equipped with a standby generator that can provide power for 24 hours. “Passengers will enjoy protection from the effects of weather elements as they disembark from their vehicles within the facility and move into the terminal”, he further stated. Other innovative facilities at the car park include: Ablution areas provided at the ground floor, executive waiting lounge, public address system to be linked with flight arrival/departure information from the airport, bomb detector, and commercial spaces to cater to the needs of users, amongst others.
The multi-level car park, Ikenga explained was conceived primarily to support Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria’s (FAAN) objective of making MMIA a hub for the West African aviation industry and destination of choice to airport service providers and users. “This does not in any way undermine the income potential, which was the key driver for this project by Seymour Group.”
Speaking earlier at the commissioning of the multi-level car park, Managing Director of FAAN, Saleh Dunoma, stated that the facility which had a 30-year tenor, would solve the problem of indiscriminate parking within and around the airport. He said: “I wish to state that this facility is long overdue and equally timely as it will improve passenger facilitation and reduce the menace of indiscriminate parking within and around the airport. Dunoma, who was represented by Salisu Daura, said, “This project is one of the numerous partnerships FAAN has, and is still exploring to improve the infrastructure development at our airports.