MMA2 Hits 20m Passengers Mark in 10yrs

The concessionaire managing the Murtala Mohammed Airport terminal two (MMA2), Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited (BASL), celebrates 10 years of operations with scintillating record of airlifting 20 million passengers, processing over 400,000 flights and providing job for 100,000 people..

The Chairman of BASL, Dr Wale Babalakin, who commended airlines operating at MMA2, lamented the death of Chanchangi airline which, according to him, was the first to commence operations at the terminal.

Speaking on the aviation company, which is embroiled in controversy, Babalakin expressed disappointment with government for disobeying six judgments given by competent courts in his favour since 2012 on the agreement signed with the government that no other firm or individuals will be allowed to operate airports in Lagos State.

Babalakin said BASL has endeared itself to passengers in the whole of Africa with the kind of job it is doing at the Murtala Muhammed Airport II, (MMA 2), yet the terminal is unable to commence regional operations as a result of the role played by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority and the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria in ensuring that the terminal does not operate regionally.

He further said that all the necessary facilities for regional operations have been fixed, and lamented that the government’s agencies were not ready to give approval. According to Dr Babalakin, the terminal is a project of courage as the first successful Public Private Partnership in the country but lamented government’s inability to obey the rule of law.

“We call on the regulatory authorities to honour the concession agreement which has been approved by every level of government including the presidency and confirmed by all the strata of the courts in Nigeria. This is the only way to reward our pioneering efforts”, he pleaded.

According to him, government’s attitude towards private sector participation has not been encouraging to attract more investors, adding that only few individuals that love the country are risking to invest.


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