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Ensuring Utility and ROI for the Anambra International Airport

By: dayan (M) |Time : May 18, 2021, 04:16:23 AM
Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State has delivered a beautiful piece of real estate called the Anambra International Cargo and Passenger Airport Umueri to much delight and plaudits from citizens. The Government rolled out the drums on 30 April 2021 to launch the test flight into the airport. Three jets flew in, confirming that aeroplanes can land and take off even as the airport still requires work.

The challenge is to ensure effective utilisation of this beautiful property to deliver the requisite return on investment even as no one knows the cost of the project yet. What parameters would best serve to determine ROI for this project? Would it be viability in strict aviation terms of passenger numbers or social capital? Or the psychological uplift that it gives to citizens?

Anambra State Government adumbrates the many positives of the airport. According to Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, James Eze, “The Anambra International Cargo and Passenger Airport have been described as one of the best airports in sub-Saharan Africa. It has a CAT 2 runway that measures 3.7km long and 60 meters wide. It was designed to land aircraft from either side of the approaches with a ground lighting system of 270mm.

The runway is connected to the Apron by two taxiways which measure 35m wide with shoulders. The Taxiways lead directly to the Apron covering 300mx200m x 560m of reinforced concrete that can comfortably accommodate six aircraft at once.

“The Terminal Building was designed to accommodate 400 persons. It has 36 shops, two mezzanine floors, three lifts and three elevators and a ramp to facilitate the movement of physically challenged travellers.

The Control Tower stands 34.5 meters tall. It was designed to resist fire. It is equipped with both a staircase and a lift. The airport has the most sophisticated fire-fighting machines known in the aviation industry. The car park can accommodate 700 vehicles.”

The Government claims that “aviation experts agree that the viability of the Anambra International Cargo and Passenger Airport is almost certain. Anambra is home to the most mobile sub-group of Nigeria’s three major ethnic nationalities”. Why? Obiano claims that “our people crisscross the globe in search of a better life,” and declared “this airport is, therefore, a timely bridge between Anambra and the world.”

Thisday columnist, Okey Ikechukwu, amplified this claim with a weighty assertion. “The volume of business available in the South-east can sustain even an additional cargo and passenger airport; as the region can gobble up everything the airports can throw at it; and much more”.
The airport reportedly has a world-class hangar that should serve as a viable option to flying aeroplanes abroad for servicing and maintenance!

All very gung-ho and laudable. Since the publicity for the airport commenced until the trial run, I waited in vain for anyone to support the generalisation about the travelling propensity of Ndi Anambra and Igbo people with facts and figures. Zilch.

They cannot cite the stats because the tale of the tape does not support the folktale about travelling people. They may travel far and wide, but the aviation industry has yet to record the vaunted heavy traffic to the Eastern airports. It did not exist pre-Corona when the economy looked up. It is open to speculation what it will be now.

In the early 90s, Indian marketing expert Vinita Bali came on exchange to Cadbury Nigeria. Cadbury Nigeria was trying to replicate Cadbury Schweppes by introducing chocolates as cocoa was abundant. She declared that while there was indeed a gap in the market, there was no market in the gap! The adventure ended. Ms Bali went on to be Marketing Director of CocaCola worldwide.

I have stated here that the three airports proposed for the South East are veritable White Elephants https://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2020/08/16/our-airport-is-newer-and-bigger-than-yours-though-a-white-elephant/.

Akanu Ibiam International Airport Enugu is number five in passenger numbers in the top ten of Nigerian airports. MMA Lagos leads, followed by Nnamdi Azikiwe in Abuja, Port Harcourt International, and Mallam Aminu Kano Airport, Kano. Others are Benin Airport at sixth, Osubi Airport, Warri at seventh, Kaduna International Airport at eight, Margaret Ekpo International, Calabar ninth and Sadiq Abubakar International Airport, Sokoto at tenth. Note that neither Sam Mbakwe Airport Owerri nor Asaba Airport feature in the top ten, yet both serves the people with an avowed capacity for “crisscrossing the globe.”

Aviation is going through a downturn globally. A McKinsey report noted, “It’s difficult to overstate just how much the COVID-19 pandemic has devastated airlines. In 2020, industry revenues totalled $328 billion, around 40 per cent of the previous years’. In nominal terms, that’s the same as in 2000. The sector is expected to be smaller for years to come; we project traffic won’t return to 2019 levels before 2024.”
Further, the African Development Bank does not foresee recovery for aviation in Africa until 2025.

In a report, AfDB stated, “It is important to note that, likewise within the rest of the continents, African aviation industry may likely not recover 2019 figures until 2024/25. How long the full recovery of the aviation industry takes will depend on governments’ progress in controlling the pandemic, the launch date of an efficient and affordable vaccine for the entire world population and the measures taken by governments to keep the aviation and tourism industries afloat among others.”

https://www.afdb.org/sites/default/files/2020/11/26/afdb_aviation_covid_19_recovery_conference_draft_background_paper_nov2020.pdf

To restate, Governor Willie Obiano has delivered a beautiful piece of real estate with the Anambra International Cargo and Passenger Airport. It is a laudable feat. It is a project with much social capital and a signifier such as the National Theatre, Lagos. Soon it will be the postcard for Ndi Anambra to show what the state can do and announce its identity and pride. It will boost the confidence of the citizens and speaks to aspiration and potential.

Before the Anambra State Government, the challenge is to ensure effective utilisation of this property in estate management terms to ensure it delivers return on investments. Start with aviation, where Nigerians fly primarily for business. Anambra must create a market for leisure and tourism that would bring in travellers. McKinsey notes that business travel is the last to recover. “In previous crises, leisure trips or visits to friends and relatives tended to rebound first, as was the case in the United Kingdom following 9/11 and the global financial crisis.”

Then the state must create and build use-scenarios for the facilities at the airport that complement but do not depend on passenger traffic. Property and event managers and other specialists would need to develop creative possibilities for a terminal that accommodates 400 people and 36 shops and the vast space. Finally, concession the airport to experienced facility managers.

There are still issues such as getting slots for airlines to fly to Umueri and scheduling of international frequency. The Anambra State government has shown skill and discretion in handling the state-level politics around the airport. They should now step up to the national and international.

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Re: Ensuring Utility and ROI for the Anambra International Airport

By: dayan (M) |Time : May 18, 2021, 04:29:03 AM
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All very gung-ho and laudable. Since the publicity for the airport commenced until the trial run, I waited in vain for anyone to support the generalisation about the travelling propensity of Ndi Anambra and Igbo people with facts and figures. Zilch.

They cannot cite the stats because the tale of the tape does not support the folktale about travelling people. They may travel far and wide, but the aviation industry has yet to record the vaunted heavy traffic to the Eastern airports. It did not exist pre-Corona when the economy looked up. It is open to speculation what it will be now.


Firstly, this author doesn't sound like an Anambra person, because he is busy looking for statistics in the wrong places.
The author failed to note that, before now, there has been no single INTERNATIONAL airport in the entire South East.
The Enugu "international" airport only existed on paper. Recently, only N10 billion was reluctantly allocated to it, and yet that money has been delayed and disbursed with malice.

What Anambra is doing is totally different, because it is the only STATE BUILT INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT IN NIGERIA, so far. Lagos state has one planned for Lekki, but it is not there, yet.

Anambra did this airport the "Anambra way" which is to build it in record time, and build it to modern specifications such that even the terminal building will be developed in stages. The airport even has an passenger boarding bridges!

Next, I shall discuss why this airport will be very viable if the government continues with the Anambra "can do" spirit.

Re: Ensuring Utility and ROI for the Anambra International Airport

By: dayan (M) |Time : May 18, 2021, 04:53:42 AM
I listened carefully to the governor of Anambra state Willie Obiano when he said that the airport "links Anambra DIRECTLY to the world". In that statement is the key to understanding the whole idea and philosophy behind the project. If it were a local airport, then the authors views would have made sense. It is an International Airport; totally different ball game.

The only use for this airport is to allow FOREIGN businesses and entrepreneurs to come and go easily, without the excess burden/stress of landing in Lagos or Abuja.

There are COUNTLESS Anambra indigenes both home and abroad who have dreamed for years to internationalize their businesses. Even today, Anambra farmers export farm produce through other airports in Nigeria, suffering stress and losing money due to logistics of shipping from another location.

Allen Onyema, the Chairman of Air Peace, for example, wants to locate an international class hanger in this airport to attract airlines from far and near to service in this airport.

What the government needs to do, is to create business hubs and economic nodes (like resurrect the Anam city project which was abandoned before now, for example). The government only needs to adopt mini-grid electric infrastructure for such hubs and nodes, to ensure 24/7 electricity in them, and watch as various types of businesses (world class hospitals, schools, services companies, outsourcing, IT, Finance, etc)  flood those hubs.

There are MANY mini-grid power companies all over the world today which can form partnerships with rich Anambra business persons, because of this airport. Once those mini-grids start working, watch this airport take off in earnest!

Did I mention before that Anambra people do impossible things? If this airport didn't convince you, ask Innoson motors, too!

To summarize, the short answer is that if the government creates modern business hubs/economic nodes (like mentioned earlier) as a deliberate strategy, this airport can become the busiest airport in the West African sub region, if not Africa as a whole.
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