MMA2: Where it all began
Members of the public before now called it ‘Local Airport’. In the aviation sector, however, it was regarded as Terminal 1.
The rhythm has since changed to what is widely known today as – MMA2, the award-winning privately-funded terminal.
MMA2 came into being following the fire that gutted the old Terminal and the concession granted the Dr. Wale Babalakin SAN owned Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited (BASL) ) by the Federal Government of Nigeria to Design, Build, Operate and Transfer (DBOT) as replacement.
MMA2 is today the first of its kind in Africa in addition to being adjudged the best terminal in Nigeria.
The journey which began in 2003 was not without strategic and deliberate move to change the narrative of what used to be the story of the old terminal.
In modern times, a visit to an airport facility is expected to arouse visitors’ consciousness to top-notch experience where passenger facilitation is done seamlessly and in conformity with best standards.
Promoters of MMA2 deliberately set out to do things differently – by way of provision and sustainability of state-of-the-art facilities to meet the yearnings and aspirations of the people – that is, the flying public.
MMA2 is thus a typical work of art, a living microcosm where things work, particularly with passenger processing and several other areas of multifarious business activity.
It is clearly a definition of how airport facility should be run. It is thus a fulfilment of a dream creatively crafted to build for Nigeria a world-class airport terminal that would firmly reposition the country as a major hub for the West Africa sub-region, and provide modern infrastructure to enhance Nigeria’s developmental efforts using local manpower and other resources.
MMA2 at a glance:
- Separate drop-off canopies for passengers and diplomatic personnel
- Departure and Arrival Halls with holding capacity of over 5, 000 passengers
- Electronic check-in counters and baggage handling facilities
- VIP, Executive and Airline Lounges
- Three dual head boarding bridges, providing six jet ways linking the departure/arrival halls to aircraft, capable of serving bigger aircraft like Boeing 777 and 747, as well as small aircraft like F28
- Eight remote aircraft boarding/disembarking locations
- Bussing facilities including a mini bus station which ensures passengers are not exposed to weather
- Apron and facilities capable of handling fully loaded wide body aircraft
- Food Court featuring Nigerian and international cuisine
- Retail and office spaces featuring travellers’ support facilities
- Meeting, conference rooms and Training Centre
- Automated multi-storey car park with capacity for 800 vehicles
- A connecting link bridge for seamless flow between terminal building and car park
- A helipad
- Drivers’ lounge on every floor of the car park.
MMA2, operated by Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited (BASL), is thus an embodiment of faith in Nigeria and its people and in their capacity to deliver when provided the right framework and atmosphere to work.