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Agency Report

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has promised smooth operations at all airports during the yuletide season.

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In a statement signed by Mrs Herrienta Yakubu, the General Manager (Corporate Affairs), it stated that necessary operational and security measures have been put in place at all airports.

She said all airport managers have been asked to be constantly vigilant. They are to allow only vetted individuals into the restricted areas at the landside, terminals and airside.

According to her, this is separate from the statutory security and safety measures already in place at the airports.

“Furthermore, the Bomb Detection Unit of the Nigerian Police Force have also been charged to be more alert at the airports, to complement the effort of Aviation Security personnel at the security screening points.

“To reiterate her commitment to safety of lives and properties, the Federal Government, through the Nigerian Air Force, recently conducted Counter Terrorism Simulation live demonstration at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos,’’ she said.

Furthermore, installation and upgrades of modern and bigger conveyor belts, functional lifts and other improvements are in place to enhance passengers’ facilitation.

Touching on the issue of touts and their activities, she said stringent measures have been put in place to combat this.

“The expansion and modernisation of our airport terminals now provide better ambience and more space for restaurants at the terminals, as well as newly opened duty free shops.

“These provide duty-free shopping experience and help passengers relax comfortably while waiting for their flights,’’ she said.

She wished passengers a safe and enjoyable yuletide while imploring them to not leave travel arrangements to the last minute.

(NAN)