The Murtala Mohammed International Airport, MMIA, Lagos, has been recognized as the 2014 Best Emerging Airport in the African region.
The award was given to the airport at the fourth Annual Emerging Airports Conference and Exhibition in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
The spokesperson for the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Yakubu Dati disclosed this in a statement released recently. He said the Managing Director of FAAN, Mr. Saleh Dunoma, received the award on behalf of the Lagos airport.
The statement said organizers of the conference cited the revolutionary turn-around of the airports in Nigeria as amongst the reasons for the award, they also commended the Aerotropolis and the fresh/perishable cargo projects as clear indicators of an emerging giant.
The spokesman said the award ceremony also featured conferences and an exhibition, which attracted over 15 airport directors, Civil Aviation Authorities, CAAs and airport companies from emerging markets in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
Apart from receiving the award, the FAAN managing director also presented a paper at the conference where he showcased the investment potential and business opportunities in the Nigerian aviation industry.
Some of those who attended the event include Tanzania Airports Company, Mozambique Airports, Kilimanjaro Airports Company (as delegate), Ghana Airports Company, Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal, Bahrain Airports Company, GMR Airports and GVK Airports from India.