BASL Highlights Achievements Of 17 Years, Targets Terminal Expansion, Regional Flights

BASL Highlights Achievements Of 17 Years, Targets Terminal Expansion, Regional Flights

Bi-courtney Aviation Services Limited (BASL), operator of Murtala Muhammed Airport, Terminal Two (MMA2) has marked the terminal’s 17th Anniversary, highlighting its achievements.

Speaking in a Media Parley held today at the terminal, the company’s Acting Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Remi Jibodu said: “Over the past 17 years, our airport has evolved into a symbol of excellence, innovation, and efficiency in the Nigerian aviation industry. Through steadfast dedication and tireless efforts, we have achieved numerous milestones that have propelled us to the forefront of the global aviation landscape.

One key achievement I am immensely proud to highlight today is the resounding success of our Public-Private Partnership (PPP) model. This innovative approach has not only enhanced the operational efficiency of our airport but has also fostered collaboration with private entities, enabling us to deliver world-class services to our passengers and stakeholders.

Permit me to quickly highlight the contributions of our stakeholders who have been with us from the very beginning. Notably among them is the first airline that departed its aircraft from our runway, Chanchangi Airline Flight NCH 334, with aircraft registration number 5N BEU, which lifted 70 passengers and departed at exactly 17:15 on May 7, 2007. This opened the skies for numerous departures from our terminal.

Today, we currently have a total of 10 domestic airlines flying out of our terminal daily: Ibom Air, Valuejet, Air Peace, Arik Air, Aero Contractors, Dana Air, United Nigeria Airlines, Azman Air, Max Air, and Rano Air. We are immensely grateful for the partnerships we share with them.

We play host to over ten thousand guests every day at this terminal, including passengers, stakeholders, concessionaires, and many others who come here to shop, eat, and fly.

This has strengthened our commitment to continuous improvement and significant development of our infrastructure. The introduction of our state-of-the-art multi-story car park has revolutionized the parking experience for passengers, providing convenience and ease of access. Additionally, the implementation of e-gates at our central screening point has streamlined passenger facilitation, ensuring a seamless journey through our airport and enhancing our security architecture.

Furthermore, our unwavering focus on reliability and sustainability is exemplified by the establishment of uninterrupted power supply systems. This critical infrastructure ensures that our operations remain resilient in the face of unforeseen challenges, safeguarding the travel experience for all our passengers.

Recently, as an airport, we developed a flight disruption guideline after noticing a growing trend of passenger unrest at the slightest provocation. This often leads to property damage and abuse of staff and users of the airport. This unrest has been tremendously reduced to the barest minimum.

Over the past seventeen years, we have consistently pushed the boundaries of innovation, setting new standards for efficiency, safety, and customer satisfaction. Our commitment to excellence has not gone unnoticed, as evidenced by the numerous accolades and awards that adorn our walls.

From being recognized as the “Best Airport Terminal of the Year 2023″ and “Best Airport Terminal Lounge” to receiving the prestigious CSR award in recognition of our outstanding commitment to promoting safety and wellness, we have continuously raised the bar. This success cannot be achieved without the collective effort and dedication of our staff, partners, and stakeholders who have played an integral role in our success. Their unwavering commitment to excellence has been instrumental in shaping the legacy of this airport.

However, among our many achievements, let me single out one gem the MMA2 Training Center. This center stands as a testament to our commitment to nurturing the next generation of aviation professionals. Through our state-of-the-art facilities and hands-on training by aviation professionals, we are shaping the future leaders of the aviation industry.

Our training center is not just a place of learning; it is a symbol of empowerment, providing individuals with the tools they need to soar to new heights. Whether it’s aspiring ground staff learning the intricacies of customer service or advanced aviation security courses, our training center is a place where dreams take flight.

Looking ahead, we are poised to embark on an exciting journey toward continued growth and innovation. Our plans include further expansion of our terminal facilities, implementation of improved technology to enhance security, sustainable initiatives to expand our cargo ecosystem, and the commencement of regional operations from our terminal.

The launch of regional operations, considering our track record of continuous growth and excellence, will provide a single hub for domestic airlines, boost their revenue through transit flights, drive economic growth by creating more jobs, and enhance connectivity. This expansion will open new revenue opportunities, benefiting all stakeholders involved. The economic ripple effects will be felt far and wide, from increased foot traffic in our terminal to enhanced commercial opportunities.

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Albinus Chiedu

Albinus Chiedu is a journalist, aviation media consultant, events management professional, and author. He has practiced journalism since 2000.

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