The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika has divulged the Federal Government’s plan to increase the number of Nigerian airports by two come 2023 at the latest.
Sirika stated this while responding to questions about the planned construction of airports in 2021 on Tuesday at the Ministry of Finance in Abuja.
Sirika said, “Since this administration came in, we drew our roadmap in trying to improve on civil aviation and transportation in general. We understood the importance of air connectivity. So we believe investment in this sector will do very well for our economy. Before the end of 2023, we would have doubled the number of airports in Nigeria.”
He went on to say that “We have a saying that one-mile-long road leads to nowhere, but one-mile-long runway leads to everywhere. We understand the importance of aviation infrastructure as a critical component for the working of our economy and they are also national security assets. So, all over the place, airports are being built in Nigeria which is a sign of growth for us.”
The new building of new bvnairports has been captured in the 2021 budget.
At the moment, there are 31 airports in Nigeria. Of that number, 26 are being managed by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, while the rest are managed by various States.