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FAAN Rejects CNN’s Ranking of Port Harcourt Airport as “World’s Worst Airport”

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A few days ago, CNN published an article on the World’s Worst Airports for 2015, stating that Port Harcourt Airport is the worst in the world.

And now, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has released a statement refuting the report, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports:

Our stand is that the said ranking was unfounded as it did not take cognizance of the fact that the airport terminal was still undergoing remodeling. Some of its terminal operations are still conducted in a temporary structure.

Apart from this, construction work is also in progress at the site of the new international terminal. We believe that operations at such an airport where construction work is going on simultaneously with normal flight and related operations cannot be as conducive as in those airports where there are no on-going construction projects.

Neither can environments at such different scenarios be equally clean, the statement added.

We wish to assure all passengers, airline operators and other airport users that services at our airports are delivered at recommended international standards that ensure safety, security and comfort.

While we regret any inconvenience experienced at these airports, including Port Harcourt International Airport, due to on-going construction projects, we promise that services at these airports will surely get better at the completion of these projects.

19 Comments

  1. flip23

    October 28, 2015 at 11:07 am

    LMAO what a joke, they have been renovating that airport since PETER ODILI (greatest thief of all). Those of us that live in PH remember very well how many people lost their lives to armed robbers when we had to travel to Owerri airport. And after so many years they finally re-opened the airport and it was just the same way it was when they closed it CRAP, CRAP, CRAP. not one brick was moved or added.

    canopies for airport, one baggage carousel for international and local travelers, beggers in form of custom officers ( never met a group of officials who could beg without remorse in my life), no air conditioning nothing….etc, lets not forget the cow incidence.

    yah you guys have been renovating that dungeon for more than 8 years. CONGRATS.

    • Uju

      October 28, 2015 at 11:26 am

      You speak the truth my dear!

      Lol at the customs officers….. They can beg for Nigeria. FAAN can reject it all they want…… The evidence is visible for all to see.

    • Nne

      October 28, 2015 at 11:41 am

      Thank you very much!….. you have said it all. An airport is sort of a gateway to a city and its so sad how the government has decided to do nothing knowing fully well that ph airport is one of the busiest airports…

      As for FAAN another issue I have is this unprofessional delay of flights some of these local airlines enjoy doing. your flight can be 10 am and you won’t leave the airport till about 5pm due to ‘delays’…smh

  2. Nuna

    October 28, 2015 at 11:17 am

    Please how many years does it take to upgrade an airport? Because that airport has been ‘under construction’ since time immemorial. Useless FAAN!

  3. Cutie

    October 28, 2015 at 11:46 am

    But what are they denying????? that place is not even up to local standard, not to mention international. Port Harcourt has always been backward in everything, yet money keeps flowing. Bad roads, blocked drainages, nothing, nothing….

  4. beauty

    October 28, 2015 at 11:50 am

    Idiots, they couldn’t even put pictures to back up their lame claim because they know that CNN was right! Nigeria and this mentality of denial of anything bad even when caught, mschew…

  5. Ifeyinwa Mic

    October 28, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    My first visit to Naija I came by way of this airport. We landed and I was let off in the middle of the runway in darkness. No joke! I looked at my Dad like, “where the hell have you brought me?” We were led to the “airport” by the sound of the generators and the dimly lit arrivals gate. I have travelled all over the world, including to developing nations throughout Latin America, and have never been so unimpressed/scared by an airport. The custom officials were super slow and shamelessly asked what I had brought them from America. Ummm, do I know you? Are we family? Baggage claim was a complete joke. They basically dumped everyone’s bag in one large circle and we had to fight to get them. Pushy “helpers” made things worse. No, I don’t want you to get my bags. No I don’t want you to help me to a cab. And no, I am not paying you for annoying the hell out of me. This airport is terrible. It is so bad that one older guy, after he found out that it was my first time in Nigeria, begged me not to tell anyone in the US just how terrible things were. It’s a shame what you have to put up with when you have no other option. Funny thing is that Dad refused to fly into Lagos because he said that their airport is even worse. I can’t imagine!

    • NO!

      October 28, 2015 at 1:54 pm

      Not at all. Lagos airport(MMIA) is more manageable while PH so called ‘INTERNATIONAL’ airport is nothing but a total garbage!…I detest everything there with passion and never again will i follow that route until everything is put in a rightful order.

    • Nike

      October 28, 2015 at 1:59 pm

      The MMA in Lagos is way better than the Omagwa airport in PH.

  6. Tari

    October 28, 2015 at 12:27 pm

    This publication on its own is a good enough reason to sack the top hireachy of FAAN.
    That scam of a renovation and remodelling has been going on for 6 years.
    Can FAAN confirm how much of the contract fee has been paid, how much is remaining, how much work has been done and what is left?
    When Amaechi complained about that airport, they called him a wailer, now we can all see.

    Meanwhile, Stella Oduah is a distinguished senator.

  7. Idomagirl

    October 28, 2015 at 1:05 pm

    You people have been ‘remodeling’ this airport since Sosoliso crashed in 2005! Tufiakwa.

  8. hwaa

    October 28, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    Nigeria will not the Nigeria that you’ll wish for cause as soon as you’re guys are better off always think of leaving your country for US AND UK. If you’re all leaving who is going to stay and look after the country for the better future of your kids… Nigerian do not trust in their abilities to make their place a better place rather go and help other Nations to make their country even more better. I PROMISE if you d not change that mentality of seeing US AND UK as your heaven, your children will be complaining about the same problems you’re facing or even worse. You’ll scattered all over the world, I MEAN even in China there is a street corner where you’ only find Nigerian.. What is wrong with you people and sad part you have a bad reputation in most country that you regard as your heaven.

    • Krasavitsa

      October 28, 2015 at 3:04 pm

      Ok first things first, that was f-ing difficult to read but I got your message. Thanks for the headache btw. Next, what do you mean by “stay and change the country”?? Is it a man with 4 kids who needs to be fed, clothed and educated in good schools that’ll stay and change the country? Or is it the widow that sells akara to feed her 6 kids that will figure out a way to effect change? If the average Nigerian (who by the way lives below the poverty line) miraculously finds a way to get out of this absolutely horrible system, do you advice that they stay and suffer in the name of trying to change the nation? The people at the helms of power should change the country! At least that’s what all the monies generated from oil and tax revenues should be used for. Instead of spending money on sugar babies, lavish lifestyles and extravagant weddings for BN to post and Elohor/Becky to lie about. All we little people can do is protest about funds mismanagement. If you know ways we can change the country, why not suggest some to us? Besides it’s not just Nigerians that are scattered every where, Indians and Chinese are too.

  9. Akadoodoo

    October 28, 2015 at 1:47 pm

    They need to see Yola airport 1st. That one na “no comment”

  10. Ijescorner

    October 28, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    When went through Port Harcourt on route to Calabar it was still under construction. It was confusing as hell.

    I wrote a piece about Lagos airport… twitter.com/ijescorner/status/537097658809470978

  11. Chi!

    October 28, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    FAAN stop lying n shut up.

  12. Ibinabo

    October 28, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    But why is FAAN telling lies through their teeth?! ehn?

    The remodeling at that airport has been suspended since forever. The authorities at the airport know this and they’ll even harass you if you try to take pictures of the unfortunate state of the airport.

    FAAN… The airport is the WORST IN THE WORLD. Change that title and stop giving lame excuses. GET TO WORK!

  13. prince

    October 28, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    Can’t he just shut the hell up and accept responsibility. That airport is more than worse. Must we always come out to defend things, even though we know they’re wrong. How long will it take to renovate.
    Meanwhile, does the renovation stops Air condition from working, does it stop them issuing boarding pass electronically instead of filling it with hand as if we are in the 14th century.
    We need to stop all these complains and rise up our responsibility. Instead, come out and tell us why the renovation is delayed and let people speak for you

  14. Joke

    October 29, 2015 at 12:47 am

    That’s Nigerians for you. Instead of them to take it as constructive criticism and shut everyone up by turning the airport around for the better, they will spend the little time and energy they have toward defending the un-defendable. Fix the airport for your people and move on. Nigeria will not be seen positively in the eyes of the world for a long time to come and this airport situation is no exception.

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