The Nigerian Aviation Handling Company Plc (nahco aviance) handled over 2.9 million international passengers in 2013. The Chairman of the company’s Board of Directors, Mallam Suleiman Yahyah, made this known while fielding questions on the growth and progress of the company in Abuja Tuesday, saying that Nigeria trails South Africa on the number of arrivals in the African continent.
Yahyah said the figures represent the operations of the company in Kano, Lagos, Port Harcourt and Abuja airports. “In 2012, the total passengers handled by the company were 2, 664, 4422 but in 2013, it rose to 2, 976, 518 which represents 12 percent increase.” According to him, Lagos recorded the highest figure with 2, 017, 191 followed by Abuja with 730, 628; Kano, 119, 688 and Port Harcourt with 109, 011.
The NAHCO boss disclosed that the company has completed registration formalities in Dakar, Senegal and would begin operation before the year ends. The Liberia office was inaugurated last year. “Cote d’Ivoire is next on the line which is part of our vision of spreading the company’s presence in Africa,” Yahyah also said. He disclosed that the company’s asset base had risen to N14 billion from N11 billion in 2012, adding that a 30 kobo per share dividend for the 2013 financial year has been proposed up from 25 kobo declared in 2012.