Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited (BASL), the operator of the Murtala Muhammad Airport Terminal Two (MMA2), has invested in a new art gallery in a bid to enhance passenger experience at the terminal.
Named ‘The Art Experience,’ the art gallery was launched to celebrate BASL’s 16th anniversary.
The gallery, designed to enhance the standard of operation and passenger experience features Nigerian arts and culture, promoting innovation and providing a platform for young artists to interact with art enthusiasts, according to Wale Babalakin, chairman of BASL.
While speaking to newsmen on the efforts that went into making MMA2 a working terminal for 16 years, the chairman noted the MMA2 terminal was designed to maintain global standards and provide seamless operations for passengers.
“The terminal was designed by top architects in the world, and the flow of the terminal makes it easy for passengers to operate seamlessly,” he said.
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“The design was a major assignment; we didn’t just start building. We sat down with the best of architects in the world to design a terminal that will have the flow. It is the flow that has made it easy for you to operate here,” he continued.
“You can see the link between the car park and the terminal, so you’re not going through a disjointed journey because you want to travel. You can see that from when you come up the escalator, it’s a seamless process till you board the plane,” Babalakin said.
Describing the gallery as the parlour of the airport, Wilson Agu, manager of the Art Gallery while addressing journalists said the gallery is expected to be a projector of Nigerian cultures.
He also stated the establishment of the art gallery at MMA2 reflects BASL’s commitment to showcasing Nigerian art and culture, fostering innovation, and providing a platform for emerging artists to engage with art enthusiasts and experts.
“This is to have a platform where art can live, thrive and interact with people,” Agu said.
“There will be different aspects of this gallery. There will be a normal component where we will sell art, interact with it and expose it to the people. There will also be a place for collectors, but the most important thing is that we want to use this platform to celebrate our own and encourage people.”