Tuesday, 5 March 2013

42 Private Jets Land At Lagos Airport Daily

Excerpts From Punch NG
Interor of Gulfstream 450 
No fewer than 42 private jets land at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos daily. Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria and Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority showed that a total of 1,200 private jet flights landed at the Lagos airport every month.

And by implication, it means at least 300 of the flights are recorded every week and 42 every day.

The firm said its “business aviation movements have increased by over 100 per cent year-on-year, and daily movements are running at an average of 15 daily.”

According to Nigeria’s first commercial private jet hangar, Evergreen Apple Nigeria, flights are arriving from Europe with London, Ireland, Germany, Spain, France and Austria, all featuring as regular starting points as they bring business executives into Nigeria.

It said, “Flight arrivals from the Middle East are also growing with Dubai, Saudi Arabia and Aman rating highest in terms of originating destinations.

The statement quoted the Chief Executive Officer of Evergreen, Mr. Segun Demuren, as saying, “Owing to the size of the continent, the mid to heavy jets are proving most popular at the EAN Hangar Jet Centre. Gulfstream 400/450 models, the Bombardier Global Express family and the full range of the Bombardier Challenger types from 601s to 850s are regularly parking up at the hangar.

“The range of the aircraft enables business executives and government officials travelling around Africa and further afield to the Middle East and Europe to travel in the most convenient and efficient way.”

It was learnt that charter operators provided the main body of traffic through the airport but increasingly, privately owned aircraft belonging to local entrepreneurs were also contributing to the movement figures.

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