The Margaret Ekpo International Airport in Cross River State in the southern part of Nigeria will turn into a whole-time perishable cargo facility, according to the airports’ directorate in the West African country.
The Director for the luggage section at Federal Airports Authority, Mr. Rowland Ofule said at a briefing in the city of the airport, Calabar, that they have upgraded the air facility to the Agro-Perishable category.
After an upcoming extension of runway, the airport is going to alleviate traditional constrains that have faced farming communities in the area for lack of a means to deliver their perishables via a sufficient and upshot means of transport.
Analysts point out that there will be now displacement of cost that has been going to cater for cargo transportation by surface means, while waylaying the obstacles of making it to the nearest markets within the country or abroad, factors which used to lower productivity and impacted negatively on the country’s economy, as a whole.
The Margaret Ekpo International Airport is a busy one and its long-term goals are to sufficiently serve the Cross River State in realizing some of the conveyance dilemmas that often beset the farming population.
The transmutation of the airport into a perishable goods facility will allow the government to realize its aims of meeting the Vision 2020 framework of uplifting the economy and increasing the number of facilities that the citizenry can access, including infrastructure.
The Calabar-based airport will now need only further extension of its insufficient runway to allow planes with larger capacity to operate inside, as well as, technically live up to its current transformation as a cargo facility.
The Margaret Ekpo International Airport is one of the twenty-two standard air facilities that the Federal Airports Authority now controls. All handle international traffic, both cargo and passengers, including the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in the capital, Abuja.