Passengers, motorists groan over traffic at Lagos airport
Barely a month after vehicular movement was restricted to the new car park, passengers and motorists plying the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) corridor in Lagos have faulted the traffic arrangement in and out of the busy terminal, which they described as chaotic.
The passengers complained about trekking a distance of 200 to 300metres from the arrival lounge to the new car park. Motorists, on the other hand, are displeased with the congestion within the 1,300 capacity multi-level facility, especially at night.
The faulty situation has further worsened the travel experience for international passengers contrary to the Federal Government’s ease of doing business order.
Experts blamed the development on poor planning and wrong siting, saying the situation portrays a potential security risk.A visit to the facility at the weekend was quite revealing. Given that evenings and nights are the peak period for foreign airlines, The Guardian saw scores of passengers sweating it out with luggage just to get to the car park – the new pick-up zone.
The distance was quite strange to some passengers that had been used to getting picked up right at the arrival terminal.Biola Adetula, a passenger, said the arrangement was anything but inconvenient.
She said: “We (Nigerians) are always on the ridiculous end of things around here. Airports, even in many African countries, are designed to make passengers as comfortable as possible.”
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