Posted by Sade Williams
The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has been advised to get the International Civil Aviation Organisation’s (ICAO) three codes for the terminals at the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA), Lagos.
Dr. Gabriel Olowo, President of Aviation Roundtable (ART) told journalists in Lagos that obtaining the codes would prevent chaos and flight misses by air travellers.
There are four terminals at the Lagos airport; the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), and three domestic terminals, including the Murtala Muhammed Airport Two (MMA2), which is a private owned-terminal.
Often times, because of the absence of the ICAO codes, passengers had missed their flights for going to the wrong terminal, while the airlines are also very strict with flight miss.
Olowo advised the management of FAAN, led by Capt. Rabiu Yadudu to take a cue from other airports across the world with multiple terminals and ICAO codes to differentiate each terminal.
For instance, Olowo said that New York City has John F. Kennedy (JFK), LaGuardia Airport (LGA), Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) to distinguish domestic terminals, while Paris City has Paris Orly Airport and Charles de Gaulie Airport (CDG).
For London City, he noted that the city has London Heathrow Airport (LHR), London Gatwick Airport (LGW) and others with ICAO codes to separate them from the other.
He insisted that it was essential for FAAN to obtain three letter ICAO codes to differentiate Lagos airport terminals.
He further emphasised that the management could use the protocols occasioned by Covid-19 virus pandemic to clear the confusion.
He said: “Please, use the new protocols occasioned by Covid-19 to also clear the long standing confusion of LOS (Lagos) City with four terminals. As it stands, we have one international and three domestic terminals in Lagos airport alone.
“ICAO Codes are needed to clearly differentiate the airport terminals for interlining reservation purposes. Passengers at departure origins, interlining, and doing flight connections have missed their flights several times reporting to a wrong terminal especially to MMA2.
“Airlines are also intolerant with cancellations or missed connections introducing all kind of fees and surcharges.”