By Abolaji Adebayo
Following the rating last week of both Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa and the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos as the third and fifth worst airports in the world respectively by the well-known online medium, sleepinairports.net, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has condemned the rating based on current situation of the ports.
The Managing Director, FAAN, Saleh Dunoma, condemned the rating, saying it was not based on the facts about the two airports.
He said it was wrong to hastily judge the Port Harcourt airport still under construction as worst, adding that the Lagos airport which was recently certified as meeting all the safety conditions and other regulatory standards by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) cannot be lowly rated because it has met all passenger needs over the years.
In carpeting the rating by sleepinairports.net, Dunoma stated that is a transit point and stopover for travelers but not a place to sleep.
One of the points sleepinairports.net based its rating on was passengers complaint of lack of sleeping facilities in those airport. Dunoma however maintained that airport is meant to process passengers and serve as departure and arrival facility for travellers; so it is expected that travellers or other airport users who wished to sleep should go to hotels.
He explained,“Let me tell you, we in the aviation industry have organisations that are overseeing us. There is International Civil Aviation Organisation, which has to do with safety and security. We have ACI (Airport Council International) that is also looking at safety, security and economics of the airport. We have IATA (the International Air Transport Association), which is an association of the airlines and all these groupings especially the ICAO and the CAAs (Civil Aviation Authority), are there to look at safety. That is why we do the certification; can any organisation come out and say, no; Abuja airport is not certified or Lagos airport is not certified?