Nigerian manager decries low patronage into Akure airport
By Oyise Oghene
The airport manager in charge of Akure airport in Ondo state, Mrs. Victoria Shin-Aba has decries the state of flight activity into the facility describing it as poor and negatively affecting the revenue generation drive from the aerodrome.
She said the facility is one of the airports under the control of the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) only records three weekly flights with an average number of between 20 and 30 passengers traffic operated by Associated airlines on the Akure-Abuja route.
While affirming that discussions are at advanced stage with other airlines on the possibility to kick start shuttle flight operations from Lagos into the state capital, she told reporters that “We need more flights and more airlines to come to Akure airport. There is no life here with the level of operations”.
Also she said the timely completion of the abandoned airport terminal for over six months will help put a breathe new life into the place and appeals to the federal government to order the contractor back to site with a view to completing the terminal building.
Mrs. Shin-Aba said “The greatest challenge is the terminal building; this is the only airport where there is no terminal building. So, I was thinking that at least as the re-modeling is going on that our own will be completed.”
She explained that with a 2.8 kilometers runway, the airport was capable of handling a B737 aircraft adding that the airport has a standard fire tender.
On security put in place at the airport, the manager said “We make sure that we are in control of the operational area and try to make sure that we secure it because we have the largest land mass as an airport. I stopped people farming around the airport and demolished all the camps within the operational area.”