Hardiwv From Brazil, joined Oct 2004, 8780 posts, RR: 51 Posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2270 times:
BA, KLM and LH serve Abuja/ABV airport. How are connections from Abuja to the rest of Africa? Which African airlines and destinations in West Africa are served from Abuja in a way that you would avoid connestions in crowded Lagos/LOS Airport?
Arkhem From Ghana, joined Jul 2004, 128 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2227 times:
I don't have specific information right now but ABV has a lot of domestic flights but not too many international ones. LOS has many more international connections. You could always connect through ACC...
Fly-K From Germany, joined May 2000, 3133 posts, RR: 52 Reply 6, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 2054 times:
ABV has a very nice international terminal, but the domestic terminal some kilometres away is as basic as any domestic facility in the country. There are maybe half a dozen or more carriers with domestic flights: Bellview, Chanchangi, Albarka, Dasab, AeroContractors, ADC, EAS, Space World, Overland etc - see my recent trip report for some details: http://www.airliners.net/discussions/trip_reports/read.main/56998/
Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been...
EurostarVA From Bahrain, joined May 2002, 1296 posts, RR: 8 Reply 11, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1942 times:
Sigh of relief... there is a brand new Lagos domestic flights terminal currently under construction adjacent to the existing domestic terminal (on the other side of Runway 19L). Stabilini Visinoni is the general contractor. This will have four levels, 12 aviobridges, a parking structure, restaurants, duty free shops, etc, all the ameneties of a modern airport terminal. Hopefully, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) will be privatized by the time the terminal is opened somewhere in 2005/2006.
PhilSquares From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 12, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1889 times:
Not to quibble, but I can guarantee you when the new terminal is open, it will be only a matter of minutes until the interior fittings are stolen. Although ABV is relatively new, it is suffering just like the LOS int'l terminal is.
Just look at Abjua the city. It was built as the capital to replace Lagos. It has fallen into a state of disrepair. Basic things like traffic signals don't work because the copper wire has been stolen. Perhaps I am just too cynical, but if given the choice, I'd avoid LOS at any cost and then I'd use ABV only as a last resort.
PhilSquares From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 14, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1876 times:
I have been on the taxiway behind a narrow body aircraft (DC-9) and have watched people come out of the bushes and open the cargo doors. They then helped themselves to the belly cargo (luggage). Atleast they were kind enough to close the cargo doors!
Judge for yourself! Me, after operating out of both airports as well as Port Harcourt, I'd avoid all three if I could! Especially if I had to transfer to an internal flight.
EurostarVA From Bahrain, joined May 2002, 1296 posts, RR: 8 Reply 15, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1818 times:
Do you mind me asking, when were you last in Nigeria? Because things have changed, not quite to an ideal level, but getting there (especially with MMIA being upgraded to receive Virgin Nigerian ops, and PHC changed dramatically with a brand new perimete. LOS,PHC, and ABV all have restricted ramp access and all employees are expected to wear their badges at all times.
Xms3200 From Sweden, joined Apr 2005, 101 posts, RR: 0 Reply 17, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 1729 times:
PhilSquares, You are absolutely right about your opinions on Nigeria, especially Lagos. I know from first hand experience 24 years ago it was a mess, you always had to bribe people. The corruption is rampant.
By the way, have you ever flown to a Nigerian city name Maiduguiri, in Borno State, DNMA is the ICAO code, MIU is the three letter code
PhilSquares From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 18, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 4 days ago) and read 1711 times:
Believe it or not I have flown in there and even spent the night in a "5 star" hotel there. What I really loved were the notes on the approach about all the navaids being unreliable because of frequent power outages!