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Pros, drawbacks, and potential of the new Lekki airport for Lagos


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The Lagos State Government has declared that it is prepared to build a new airport there.

The domestic and international wings of the Murtala Muhammed airports have so far provided service to more than five million people.

On the “Island” section, the new airport will be located along the congested Lekki-Epe axis.

Jubril Gawat, the Governor of Babajide Sanwo-Senior Olu’s Special Assistant (SSA) for New Media, confirmed this on Friday in a string of tweets.

According to Gawat, who cited Ope George, Sanwo-special Olu’s adviser on public-private partnerships (PPPs), the project is scheduled to start in 2023 and be built on a 3,500 hectare plot of land.

According to Gawat, the Sanwo-Olu-led administration “has asked for and received federal government approval for the construction of the new airport in Lagos.

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The project will be built on 3,500 hectares of land, and the master plan and aeronautical designs are already in place. Research is currently being done on strategies, funding, and other issues, after which the project will be put on the market.

The airport, which is anticipated to serve at least five million people annually, will be built in collaboration with both domestic and international investors, the special adviser added.

It is long overdue, a lawyer and business owner named Kwami Adadevoh told Daily Post. Long overdue, indeed.

Lagos does not have enough air traffic for a city of its economic importance because the current airport is too small. Famous filmmaker and frequent traveler Imoh Umoren agrees with Adadevoh.

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“I believe the new airport is a smart move.

With the industrialization of the Epe region and the growing traveler population, it will be simpler for people to fly equipment and personnel close to the industries, according to Umoren.

Is it possible that a new airport in the constantly congested region of Lagos State has drawbacks?

Although I haven’t yet noticed it, Umoren continued, “the other airport might receive less revenue.”

But Adadevoh warned that it “could cause vehicular traffic if the second access road into the Lekki peninsula is not finished on time.”

Many have argued that instead of building a new airport, Sanwo-Olu should be finishing other tasks or resolving other issues in the State.

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Decongesting Apapa, Umoren said. There needs to be a long-term answer to that.

“However, the airport is economically viable.”

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