Concession contracts in African aviation (Nigeria)

In October 2022, the government of Nigeria announced its preferred bidders for three of the four airports and cargo terminals approved for concession under the Nigeria Airport Concession Program (NACP).

Corporacion America Airports Consortium has been selected as the preferred bidder for Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA) in Abuja and Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport (MAKIA) in Kano.

ENL Consortium has been announced as the reserve bidder for NAIA, while MAKIA has no reserve bidders.

The TAV/NAHCO/Project Planet Limited (PPL) consortium has been announced as the selected bidder for Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA) in Lagos with the Sifax/Changi Consortium as the reserve bidder.

No preferred bidders or reservations have been announced for Port Harcourt International Airport (PHIA) in Port Harcourt.

In August 2022, Nigeria and Israel finalized an agreement to start regular direct flights between the two countries, which will bring both nations to mutual benefit.

Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa, with over 200 million people. It is estimated that up to 50% of the population of Nigeria are “Christians” by ethnicity. Israel is well known as an attractive destination for pilgrims, due to its holy sites and landmarks that have significance for various religions.

This makes for an attractive arrangement for both countries as Nigerian pilgrims can travel to Israel while encouraging air travel and new air connectivity points to Nigeria. In October 2022, the Nigerian federal government approved the construction of a new airport facility in the Lekki-Epe region, which is expected to start operating in 2023.

While issues such as airport strategy and funding still need to be resolved, the airport will be built on 3,500 hectares of land and is estimated to serve a minimum of five million people a year.

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