Foreign carriers plans to divert some flight operations to new terminals at Port Harcourt International Airport (PHIA), Omegwa, Rivers State, including the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA), Abuja, as part of moves to decongest Lagos operations.
According to reports, the move was also part of the efforts put up by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), to put the new terminals to profitable use.
FAAN disclosed that Turkish Airlines would soon commence scheduled flight operations from PHIA, while Emirates Airlines would run daily flights from NAIA. In addition, Air Peace would from April, do direct flight to Dubai from PHIA.
General Manager, Corporate Affairs, FAAN, Henrietta Yakubu, said the move was necessary to redistribute traffic from Lagos to other airports in the country adding that the carriers could use state-of-the-art facilities in other aerodromes across Nigeria also stating that FAAN is determined to improve the experience of air travellers nationwide.
She hinted that Cronos Air, and Lufthansa already operate from the Port Harcourt Airport, while Turkish Air flights will operate four times weekly, starting from June 25, 2019.
She also explained that Air Cote d’Ivoire would commence direct flight from Abuja to its base in Abidjan soon.
In line with the process of decongesting Lagos, She encouraged passengers that they don’t all have to come to Lagos airport for travel but can travel from Abuja and Port Harcourt airports to connect to their destinations.