Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited (BASL), operator of Terminal 2 at the Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos, has expressed interest in the ongoing concession by the federal government of its four international airport terminals.
This development occurs approximately two weeks before the deadline for submitting Requests for Qualifications for the concession.
According to Nigerian News Agency, BASL Chairman, Dr Wale Babalakin disclosed this during an interactive session with the media.
The four main concessioned airports are Lagos, Abuja, Kano and PortHarcourt.
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 asked the federal government to implement the approval it was granted, to start regional operations from its terminal in order to relieve passengers.
He added that airlines suffered incalculable losses while passengers experienced difficulties by transferring them from the MMA2 to the international terminal for connecting flights to the west coast.
The BASL chairman said as large as the regional MMA2 terminal facility is, only about a third of the space has been put into operation.
The Federal government announced in June that the four large airport terminals would be on concession for at least 20 to 30 years.
The Aviation Ministry said that while the airports had great potential, they were currently operating at suboptimal levels.
The ministry said the concession applies to non-aeronautical facilities at the airports in the passenger and cargo terminals, including assets from the airport entrance gate to the boarding and disembarking of an aircraft to the departure gates.
The ministry indicated that this space, commonly known as the passenger terminal, includes commercial space, waiting and seating areas, airport and airline lounges, baggage claim, check-in counters and administrative offices.
It added that the cargo terminals comprised the facilities between the entry point and up to the loading and unloading points, including the administrative offices within those facilities.