The Lagos State Government in Nigeria plans to begin construction of a new airport in the Lekki-Epe region next year, reported.

Lagos Governor Sanwo-Olu’s aide Ope George said that the state received the required approval for the construction of the new airport facility from the Nigerian Federal Government.

Currently, work is underway for strategies, funding and other issues related to the project, with the master plan and aeronautical designs already in place, Ope George added.

The new airport facility will be built on a 3,500ha land area, and construction works are expected to begin next year, Jubril Gawat said, quoting Ope George, special adviser to Sanwo-Olu on public-private partnerships (PPPs).

Gawat is a senior special assistant (SSA) to the governor of Lagos state on new media.

On Twitter, Gawat said: “The Lagos state government has declared its readiness to construct a new airport on the Lekki-Epe axis of the State, disclosed by the special adviser to the governor on public-private partnerships (PPP) Ope George yesterday.

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“He revealed that governor Jide Sanwo-Olu-led government has sought and obtained approval from the federal government for the construction of the new airport in Lagos.

“The special adviser also stated that the airport, which is expected to cater to a minimum of five million people yearly, will be constructed in partnership with local and foreign investors.”

Meanwhile, last month, the Nigerian Ministry of Aviation finalised a consortium led by Ethiopian Airlines as the preferred bidder for the nation’s new flag carrier called Nigeria Air.

Ethiopian Airlines will have a 49% interest in the new airline, with Nigerian Sovereign Fund holding a 46% stake and the Nigerian federal government holding the remaining 5% stake.