The Lagos State Government in Nigeria has announced plans to construct a rail infrastructure under the proposed Red Line Rail project, linking the Lagos Murtala Muhammed International Airport (LOS). This together with the world-class bus terminal project under construction will be mainly used to transport air passengers to and from the airport according to Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Lagos state governor.
The governor was speaking during a meeting held ahead of the reopening of the airspace for international flight operations, with the management team of the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), led by its Managing Director, Captain Rabiu Yadudu.
He said that the Red Line Rail project whose right-of-way has already been determined will start from Ebute Metta and pass through Oshodi. The Lagos State Government hopes to start the project before the end of this year.
The governor’s proposal on improving the Lagos airport
During the meeting, the Lagos state Governor asked the FAAN management to work on the remodeling of the airport’s facilities to make it become a hub of business and tourism. He said that some of the facilities installed in the airport needed modernization and upgrading.
He particularly suggested the provision of fast, free internet connectivity within lounges at the airport, explaining that the era of passengers sitting for long without internet access is long gone.
He insisted that the functionality of the Lagos Murtala Muhammed International Airport (LOS) must be fully explored, and urged the management to invest in facilities that would drive more passenger traffic to the airfield.
“The Murtala Mohammed International Airport is an important asset, not only to the Federal Government but also to Lagos State. The strategic use of this airport should necessitate that need for us to fully harness the asset and make it a bubbling destination” emphasized the governor.