Nigeria: FG Approves Over N10 Billion For The Provision of Airport Management Solutions

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Yesterday Wednesday, March 31, 2021, the FEDERAL Executive Council (FEC), announced the approval of a contract worth over N10 billion for the provision of Airport Management Solutions for five international airports.

Speaking on this new development Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika said the contract was awarded to Arlington Security Nigeria Limited, and this system would facilitate common use of terminal equipment required for sharing airport resources in accordance with IATA Recommendation 1797.

He also stated that AMS would come on stream within a 12-month timeline and this system would provide baggage drop, which makes it faster and quicker for passenger processing.

He said, “This allows flexible sharing of resources for check-in and boarding, such as servers, work stations, associated peripherals between airlines and handling agencies present at the airport”.

“Another service to be provided is local departure control systems. This is aimed at airlines that are still using manual procedures like locals, domestic and charter, etc.

“The system secures and accelerates these operations while ensuring better service for passengers. The system also accepts mobile phone boarding passes or home-printed boarding passes, which we didn’t have before,” he said.

He said it would also help in the baggage reconciliation system which enables the tracking of baggage from the time passengers arrive up to the time they drop their baggage.

“Automatically, it goes into the system and then goes into the aircraft itself. So, this will eliminate the issue of missing baggage or mix-up of baggage to arrive at another location not intended,” he said.

The minister said the system would also provide for E-gates that would be electronically operated.

“This is access control to restrict only passengers and staff to have access to designated areas. The E-gate provides a platform to monitor and control the boarding area.

“In other words, if you come to a self-check-in desk, or you check online or your mobile phone or at home, you can simply come and swipe.”

He explained that it is new and had not been part of the system provided in Lagos and Abuja before now.

“Then, the airport information management system is designed to meet all the operational needs of airports in terms of flight management with the latest upgrade.

“The new system database for several months forward and can be modified accordingly. This is compatible with IATA and the entire connection model,” he said

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