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The Best International Airports In Nigeria – Locations And Photos



Nigeria has 31 airports and 26 of the airports are operated by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), five of which are functional international airports.

Some of the airports history dates back to pre-colonial times, around the time of the Second World War II.

Here is a list of the functional international airports we have in Nigeria.

1. Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos

Murtala Muhammed International airport is one of the biggest airports in Africa and one of the major international airports in Nigeria. The airport is situated in the suburb of Ikeja, 12km (7 miles) northwest of Lagos.

The airport’s history dates back to pre-colonial times, around the time of the Second World War II. The current international airport terminal was built and commissioned over 40 years ago, in 1978. The terminal opened officially March,15,1979. The airport had been known simply as the Lagos International Airport. It was, however, re-named for the late Nigerian Head of State, General Murtala Muhammed, who died in 1976.

The airport terminal has been renovated several times since the 1970s but its most radical make over began in 2013, following the launch of the Federal government’s multi-billion naira Remodelling/ Rehabilitation Programme for its airports nationwide. Under the re-modelling work there, by late in 2014, the MMlA lounge area had been expanded to four times its previous size and new passenger handling conveyor systems installed which can handle over 1,000 passengers per hour.

About five million people travel through the MMIA every year and another three million through the domestic terminal.

2. Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja

Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport is one of the major international airport in Nigeria and it is located at the country’s federal capital, Abuja.

The airport named after the late Dr. Nnandi Azikiwe, a foremost nationalist and one of the country’s founding fathers, often plays host to visiting dignitaries and high ranking government officials as well as Nigerians visiting the federal capital for business or leisure.

The airport has two terminals—one, for international flights and the other for domestic flights.

In 2018, Pres. Buhari commissioned a remodelled, new terminal of the Abuja Airport. It is a state of the art edifice with world-class facilities.

About 3 million passengers travel through the airport every year

3. Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano

Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport is the oldest in Nigeria and the first aircraft landed in Nigeria was landed in Kano 1922,with operations starting in 1936.

The airport is located in the ancient city of Kano in the Northern part of the country. In the 1980s, the airport was named after a prominent Kano-born Nigerian statesman, Mallam Aminu Kano, a nationalist, politician and dogged fighter for the poor masses in the country.

MAKIA is one of the country’s oldest international airports. Apart from being a major transit point for the annual Muslim Haji to Mecca, MAKIA is a major connection point for air travellers going from Northern Nigeria to different parts of the world.

The remodelled Mallam Aminu Kano International was remodelled commissioned on March 15, 2015, by HRH, Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi on March 15, 2013

4. Port Harcourt International Airport

The Port Harcourt International Airport plays a very important role in the economy of the country. This is because it is located in Port Harcourt, at the centre of the country’s oil and gas industry. The Oil and Gas industry contributes 85 percent of government revenue and over 90 percent of total exports from the country in terms of value.

It is located at Omagwa, a suburb of Port Harcourt, the capital city of the Rivers State

The Port Harcourt International Airport, PHIA, allows direct air connections between the country and major destinations around the world, especially to and from Western countries. The old terminal at the airport is under renovation, although it continues to operate commercial flights.

Port Harcourt International Airport was remodelled and commissioned for public use in 2018.

5. Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu

This airport is one of the five international airports in the country and operated by FAAN, on behalf of the Federal Government. The Akanu Ibiam International Airport is located in Enugu, reputed as the ‘coal city’ alluding to the days of old when it was the centre of a flourishing coal mining industry.

Enugu is the old administrative headquarters of the old Eastern Region of the 1950s to 1960s. And with the creation of new states in the late 1960s, Enugu remained capital of East Central State and with the creation of additional states in the 1980s, Enugu State was created with Enugu retaining the capital of the state. Enugu remains an important centre of political, cultural, commercial and administrative influence in the South Eastern part of the country. Therefore, the airport is strategically located in Enugu to serve this part of the country.

The airport is named after the First Governor General of the old Eastern Region, the Late RH Sir Akanu Ibiam.

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  1. Abubakar Muazu

    October 2, 2019 at 5:56 pm

    This story is a lie, I don’t know why if people don’t have anything to do they will just sit down and start creating lies.

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