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Recommendations for Improvement in Airport Infrastructure Management..Capt. Ado Sanusi 

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In a recent interview with Aviation Runway on Metrofm 97.7, the discussion focused on the challenges and potential improvements in the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN). The interviewee Capt. Ado Sanusi, Managing Director/CEO Aerocontractors airline provided insights into key areas of concern, primarily revolving around airport processes, infrastructure, and equipment.

Capt. Ado Sanusi, Managing Director/CEO Aerocontractors airline suggested that the new Managing Director, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria FAAN, Mrs. Olubunmi Kuku should prioritize refining airport processes. This involves a comprehensive evaluation and potential enhancement of operational procedures to streamline efficiency.

On terminal Infrastructure, he highlighted the need for attention to both departure and arrival terminal buildings. Specific concerns were raised about conveyor belts and the ISO (International Organization for Standardization) standards. 

Emphasizing collaboration with manufacturers, Capt. Sanusi recommended replacing malfunctioning equipment rather than reinventing existing solutions.

Conveyor Belt Concerns:

The discussion turned to the condition of conveyor belts, specifically at the old terminal. He underscored the need for upgrades and maintenance to facilitate smooth luggage handling and passenger experience.

Aircraft Towing and Avio Bridges:

Addressing the towing of aircraft at landing, the Aerocontractors MD expressed concerns about outdated avio bridges. 

Drawing on experiences at Arik, he advocated the replacement of aging avio bridges, highlighting that a significant portion is not functional due to being bolted and outdated for modern aircraft requirements.

International Collaboration:

Capt. Sanusi cited an instance where collaboration with foreign experts led to successful improvements in avio bridges. The need for proactive engagement with manufacturers and international experts to update infrastructure was emphasized.

Summary

The interview highlights the urgent need for the new Managing Director of FAAN to focus on refining operational processes, upgrading terminal infrastructure, and addressing issues related to aircraft towing and avio bridges. 

Collaborative efforts with manufacturers and international experts are recommended to ensure effective and sustainable improvements in Nigeria’s airport facilities.

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