Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited (BASL), operators of the Murtala Muhammed Airport Terminal Two (MMA2) has appealed to the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) to restore the approval earlier given to it to commerce regional flight operations from the terminal.
Managing Director, BASL, Captain Jari Williams, who made the appeal to the regulatory body during an interactive session with newsmen, said that Bi-Courtney is fully prepared to commerce its regional flight operations.
Williams argued that both domestic and regional flights can originate from the same terminal, noting that they would be physically separated to prevent passengers from coming in contact with one another and for security reasons.
According to him, in Ghana, both domestic and international flights take off at the same terminal, adding that those arguing that both domestic and regional flights cannot take place in MMA2 are probably operating in the 1950 aviation era.
The BASL boss also cited the case of Heathrow Terminals, which, according to him, operates both domestic and international flights.
He said: “Other terminals in the country that operate both local and international flights are Abuja and Port Harcourt Airports”.
The Managing Director added that BASL has the capacity and capability to operate both domestic and regional flights from the terminal, as it has invested heavily on equipment that will make passenger facilitation seamless.
The terminal, he stated, had already provided the facilities for the regional operation and that it had also physically separated the areas for regional flights from domestic flights in line with the International Civil Aviation Organization(ICAO) regulations.
According to him, “Domestic and regional flights can operate side by side. It is the separation that we are talking about. Already, there is physical separation between domestic and regional passengers in line with with ICAO standards at the terminal”.
To further show the terminal’s preparedness to commence regional flights, the MMA2 boss stated that MMA2 had installed a machine that can read only regional tickets, adding that with all the passengers’ facilitation facilities put in place at the terminal; it would take not more than three minutes to facilitate a passenger.
He also hinted that the terminal’s boarding gates have been integrated with the check- in system, adding that the essence is to give passengers quality service.