NAN – The Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, on Friday experienced heavy rush at the domestic departure wing as Eid-el-Kabir celebration approaches, reports the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
The Deputy General Manager, Corporate Communications Department, FAAN, Mrs Henrietta Yakubu, made this known to NAN in Abuja.
Yakubu said that the rush started at about 1.30 p.m. on Friday at the domestic wing, adding that normal activity was experienced at the international wing.
According to her, the domestic wing had earlier experienced normal activity at about 6.30 a.m. to noon.
“The activity at the airport has improved considerably at the domestic wing departure and the international wing is still experiencing normal activity.
“This means that more people are travelling out of Abuja than people coming in, as Sallah celebration draws closer.
“During the morning period, activity at the airport was just like any normal day, there was no much passengers,’’ Yakubu said.
A passenger and civil servant, Mrs Jane Nnonyelu, told NAN that she was travelling to Lagos to spend some time with her family as a result of the Sallah holiday.
“The Sallah break is quite long including weekend, so is an opportunity for me to spend quality time with my friends and family.
“There are too many people at the domestic booking hall, I just pray I don’t miss my flight,’’Nnonyelu said.
Miss Joy Aleburu, a student at the University of Abuja, said that she was travelling to Enugu to see her mother.
Aleburu told NAN that coming into the airport was not easy especially at the toll gate because of the long queue.
Mr Abdulsallam Suleiman, a businessman, said that he was travelling to Kano to join his family, who had earlier travelled on Monday for the Eid-el-Kabir festival.
“I never knew the airport will be this crowded, as you can see am still in this long queue to get my boarding pass ,’’Suleiman said.
The report also said that the domestic wing booking hall was full to capacity because of the rush.