Lagos is served by Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA). It is one of the largest and busiest airports in Africa. MMIA is an international airport located in Ikeja, Lagos State, Nigeria. It is the major airport serving the entire state. The airport’s history dates back to colonial times, around the time of the Second World War. The current international airport terminal was built and commissioned over 40 years ago, in 1978. The terminal opened officially 15 March 1979. The airport had been known then as the Lagos International Airport. Later it renamed for the late Nigerian Head of State, General Murtala Muhammed, who died in 1976.
Lagos Airport ranked amongst the top performing airports in Africa in 2001 for handling cargo. The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) director was not really happy with the results. He felt and strongly believed that Lagos Airport is able to perform better given the country’s population and agricultural capacity and output. The dependence on road transport caused many damages and quality loss for the agricultural produce in the transit. Aviation looked upon as the solution for food scarcity and high prices in some parts of the country.
The airport terminal renovated several times since the 1970s but its most radical makeover began in 2013. By late 2014, the MMlA lounge area expanded to four times its previous size. The airport handles over 1,000 passengers per hour with the new passenger handling conveyor systems installed. There is also proposal for a second airport, Lekki-Epe International Airport.
Recently, there are plans to allow investors to bid for the four main airports, Lagos, Abuja, Kano, and Port Harcourt. The aim is to develop these airports into efficient, profitable, self-sustaining, commercial hubs for passenger and cargo services alike, based on public private partnership (PPP) arrangements. There are hopes that with the PPP arrangement, the airports will improve drastically and modernized according to the goals set by the Nigerian government.
Airlines serving Lagos
Currently there are many various airline carriers with service to Lagos. With daily flight options as well as direct and transit flights, it is really a matter of when is your shipment ready for collection for flight arrangement.
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