According to Regional General Manager of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Kabir Muhammed, the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja would be entirely automated before 2032.
At the inauguration of the 3D signage commemorating the airport’s 40th anniversary, which began operations on September 29, 1982, Mr. Muhammad made this statement on Wednesday in Abuja.
To assure complete automation before the airport turns 50 in 2032, he claimed that the authorities was working tirelessly to modernize all of the infrastructure there.
“By the time the Abuja airport will be 50 years old, I want to believe that every facility at the airport will be automated. We already have a car parking system which we are currently automating,” Mr Muhammed said.
He said robust effort was being made to enhance security via enlightenment awareness to enable passengers to understand that the airport is a highly regulated environment.
“If you are not travelling, you have no reason to be inside the airport. Drivers may bring in passengers and what they need to do is to drop off the passengers and leave.
“In order to enhance the security situation, the management of FAAN is employing aviation security personnel and training them to ensure that the airport remains secure,” he said.
He said the airport management was focused on sustaining the security and safety of goods and passengers, and that the FAAN Taxi app would be fully operational soonest.
Mr Muhammed said the Abuja airport, which started with one module now has four modules operating domestic, regional and international flights, with about 35 local and foreign airlines operating at the airport.