Once operational, the facility is expected to double the airport’s annual passenger handling capacity to 15 million travellers from 7.5 million.
China Civil Engineering and Construction Company (CCECC) is building the new terminal, which will be equipped with modern check-in, baggage handling and security facilities.
The CCECC has also set up temporary parking facilities at the site, which will be upgraded to a multi-storey car park in future with the capacity to accommodate 1,300 cars.
Two boarding bridges and equipment such as scanners, escalators, security cameras and checking counters are already in place.
FAAN’s managing director Saleh Dunoma told media sources that the terminal building was designed to provide a hassle-free travel experience.
She said: “It is essentially designed for passengers, it is not the kind of terminal where you have several offices and aviances, it is just designed for passenger purposes and duty offices only.
“So, most of the offices are going to remain in the old facility and then we will provide posts for the agencies that will participate in the processing of passengers.”
Passengers will be offered free trolleys and Wi-Fi services in the new terminal at the Nnamdi Azikiwe airport, which will help attract more passengers and support from additional airlines.