In one month the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) recorded a 68 per cent increase in revenue from the automation of the car park at the general aviation terminal (GAT) of the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA).
FAAN’s General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Mrs. Henrietta Yakubu told jounalists yesterday in Lagos that the automation had forestalled revenue leakage.
She said the automation which began on January 8, 2018 had blocked loopholes in the system and eliminated the manual toll collection which, according to her, had been in existence for about two decades.
She also said that automation has brought about sanity and orderliness at the car park as rowdiness and massive traffic associated with the manual collection at the park had disappeared.
However, Yakubu said that so far the new system has been in favour of both FAAN and the public but noted that management would review the performance of the exercise by the end of this quarter and make adjustments where necessary.
She stated “FAAN decided to overhaul the whole system and see how we could make it orderly because we were getting a lot of complaints from our passengers and airport users that they were not getting a space to park their vehicles. Then, we were wondering if all the people that park their vehicles at the car park are airport workers and travellers. Also, we are in an era of technology where people no longer do things manually, but automated. That was what prompted FAAN into doing the automation.
“And since we started, there has been a lot of sanity at the car park, there is a lot of orderliness, progression. As soon as you go into the airport, you just go into the car park without any issues. In time past, there were lots of queues. Once you get into the airport, if you are not dropping, you are encouraged to go to the car park and do your business there, rather than parking on the road and create traffic.”
Despite the automation, Yakubu said FAAN would still continue with the planned construction of a multi-storey car park within the GAT terminal, stressing that such would further enhance revenue generation for the agency.
Meanwhile, she said the evacuation exercise of disused aircrafts at the nation’s airports had been completed in Lagos and the team would move to Aminu Kano International Airport (MAKIA), Kaduna Airport and others to continue with the exercise.
She added that FAAN was also working on the toilets at the international wing of the Lagos Airport to attend to lots of complaints from customers.