The directive, issued by Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development Festus Keyamo, ordered all airlines to relocate from the airport by October 1, 2023. However, the Federal Aviation Authority of Nigeria forcibly relocated international carriers to the new facility.
International students, who rely on frequent flights to their home countries, are worried about potential disruptions and inconveniences caused by this sudden relocation. Many have already booked flights in advance and fear missed connections and increased travel times.
Passenger Adekemi Awomolo expressed her distress over the unexpected and unplanned nature of the notice, describing it as disturbing and confusing. She emphasized potential disruptions to airline operations due to the abrupt directive and called for better planning and a gradual transition.
Segun Odutayo, a student from the University of Law, UK, expressed disappointment and frustration regarding the timing and lack of consideration in ensuring a smooth travel experience. He urged the government to provide sufficient notice for flight changes and create alternative plans for travelers.
Bukola Adebayo, another international student, expressed concerns about the impact on his travel plans and academic schedule due to flight time changes.
Dr. Kingsley Nwokoma, President of the Association of Foreign Airlines and Representatives in Nigeria, raised apprehensions about Terminal Two’s capacity to accommodate foreign airlines effectively. He pointed out disruptions caused by recent power outages, affecting network punctuality and potentially leading to financial losses and lawsuits.
Dr. Nwokoma also highlighted safety concerns related to parking large aircraft at Terminal Two and the potential impact on students’ academic schedules. Delays and disruptions in travel plans could complicate matters for affected students.