Im not a big fan of the design of the airport, at this day and age we need more innovation!!
I agree. The terminal building does not look contemporary nor African. It looks retarded, plain and simple! Nigeria should look at other low-cost airports in South Africa, North Africa, and elsewhere, and learn how to build low-cost yet visually attractive airports. In any case i hope that this project will at least give Uyo a functional, safe airport conforming to the highest specifications. Aesthetics is a secondary issue here...Im not a big fan of the design of the airport, at this day and age we need more innovation!!
despite the fact that we have both the portharcourt and calabar airport the uyo one is unique in the sense that a to d checks can be performed here on all types of aircraft including the airbus A380. it will also be the largest maintainance hangar in africa therefore being the new national hangar. in short we will no longer have to fly abroad to repair our planes plus it will bring more money into the economy in that other airlines in the region and the continent will fly to nigeria to maintain their planes as it is cheaper to do it here than abroadI hope that this is not one of those white elephant projects. Does Uyo has the economic clout to adequately utilise an International airport of that size, moreso, when you already have one at calabar and Port Harcourt? The Government should rethink of a more value adding project like the Tinapa.
is that the sole purpose of the airport or will it also handle commercial flightsyeahv but it'll be the only one in west africa and maybe the second in africa tht can offer full maintainance for all kinds of palnes..tell me when a whole lot of planes are coming from all over africa to fix they planes in your state it aint good...plus currently all nigerian airlines take their planes to europe to get fixed but now they can do it in the country enhancing the countries air safety and promoting airline growth by lowering the cost of maintainance
ABOUT N3 billion was released to contractors handling the construction of Ibom International Airport in Akwa Ibom State.
The state government also released N1.6 billion on micro credit financing and provision of fishing facilities for rural areas.
Governor Godswill Akpabio disclosed this recently in Uyo during an interactive session with journalists.
"The airport project is on course and by April 2008, the airport's 3,600-metre runway will be ready," he said.
The governor also disclosed that about 500 youths in the state had been provided employment in the skilled and semi-skilled construction phases of the project.
"The airport project at its operational phase will also provide more jobs," he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the airport project, conceived by the Governor Victor Attah administration in 2001 has three main components.
These are airport maintenance, repairs and overhaul, cargo and passenger operations with a completion deadline of December 2007.
Akpabio added that the airport, when operational would fast track the development of the state's economy in many sub-sectors.