By Chinedu Eze
Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited (BASL), the builder and operator of the domestic terminal at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, known as MMA2, has provided passengers passing through the facility free Internet access, the first of its kind in the country.
About 60 per cent of travellers on domestic destinations pass through the terminal which was built on Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) basis and it is the only terminal that is operated by a private investor in the country.
Head of Communications of the company Steve Omolale , said that the Internet service was introduced by BASL in conjunction with iWayafrica and MultiChoice Nigeria for passengers travelling through the terminal.
Omolale also disclosed that MMA2 won the Most Efficient Airport Terminal Award of the Transport and Society Weekly newspaper as the cleanest and most modern facility with efficient infrastructure.
He observed that the Wi-Fi Hotspot solution at MMA2 could be the first of its kind in any airport terminal in Africa, adding that the service would enable users of the terminal access the world while waiting to board their flights.
“We’re really making the travel experience unique. We are the only airport terminal in Africa to offer free Wi-Fi to passengers. We are the only airport in Nigeria with live arrivals and departures on the net (www.mma2lagos.com) and this is just the beginning. When it comes to working, investing and maintaining in the interest of the Nigerian public, we will make sure we remain far ahead. This is just one in the series of face-lifting, multi-million naira projects to be executed shortly at the terminal, which has been enjoying increased patronage in the last few weeks,” a statement issued by BASL and signed by Omolale said.
He said that the first phase of the project has already started from the Final Departure where passengers may browse while waiting for the announcement of boarding, remarking that the company decided to provide the service now as part of the numerous Christmas gifts BASL would be giving its passengers.
“Other locations where the Internet will be accessed at the terminal include the Food Court, Meeters & Greeters, as well as KFC. More ambitious projects to make MMA2 the best terminal in Africa will be executed in the New Year,” Omolale disclosed.
On the award the company won recently, Omolale said that the management of the Transport and Society newspaper said at the presentation of the award that MMA2 won the Most Efficient Airport Terminal Award because of the consistent way it has been maintaining its facilities since inception, adding that the votes to determine the winner were cast by aviation stakeholders.
Responding, the Chief Executive Officer of BASL, Mr. Christophe Penninck, promised that the terminal would always remain the preferred gateway to majority of local air travellers in Nigeria.