Bi-Courtney indicates interest in airport terminals concession - PUNCH
BY Adepeju Adenuga
The Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited, operators of the Terminal Two of the Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos, has indicated interest to bid in the ongoing concession of four international airport terminals by the Federal Government.
The development is coming about two weeks to the deadline for the submission of Requests for Qualifications for the concession.
The Chairman of BASL, Dr Wale Babalakin, made the disclosure during an interactive session with journalists, the News Agency of Nigeria reported.
The four major airports for concession are those in Lagos, Abuja, Kano and Port-Harcourt.
Babalakin said, “On the ongoing process to concession four of the major airports, in more organised climes, they will check the track records of those who have done it well.
“In advanced countries, they will offer them a right of first refusal before opening the process. Hence, the BASL has within its limited resources operated the MMA2 for 14 years and has run the terminal well despite challenges it has come to face from the government.”
Babalakin called on the Federal Government to implement the approval granted it to commence regional operations from its terminal to ease passengers’ burden.
He added that airlines were being subjected to incalculable loss while passengers were facing untold hardships by making them to transit from MMA2 to the international terminal to connect flights to the West Coast.
According to the BASL chairman, as big as the regional facility of the MMA2 terminal is, only about one-third of the place has been put into operation.
The Federal Government had in June said the four major airport terminals would be on concession for a minimum of 20 to 30 years.
The Ministry of Aviation said although the airports had huge potential, they were currently operating at a sub-optimal level.
The ministry said the concession applied to the non-aeronautic assets of the airports located in the passenger and cargo terminals.
It said these comprised the assets from the entry door of the airport to the point of embarking and disembarking from an aircraft to the exit doors.
The ministry explained that this space commonly referred to as the passenger terminal comprised retail spaces, waiting and seating areas, airport and airline lounges, baggage collection, check-in counters as well as administrative offices.
It added that the cargo terminals were comprised the facilities between the point of entry and up to loading and off-loading points, including administrative offices within said facilities.