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List of International Airports in Nigeria

You can only travel from Nigeria to a different country through an international airport. Out of the many airports in Nigeria, only 5 are international airports. Check them out below; 

1. Murtala Muhammed International Airport 

This international airport which was named after a former Nigerian head of state is located in Ikeja, Lagos state. It’s one of the oldest operating airports in Nigeria as it was built in the early 1940s during world war 2. It was previously known as the Lagos International Airport until the 1970s when it was renamed. 

The Murtala Muhammed International Airport serves as an operating hub for several Nigerian airlines. This includes Arik Air, Azman Air, Ibom Air, Dana Air, Air Peace, Med-View Airline, and Aero Contractors. It also harbors foreign airlines including Air France, Air Côte d’Ivoire, Africa World Airlines, British Airways, Etihad Airways, and Qatar Airways to name a few.

Cargo airlines also make use of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport. From this airport, you can travel to other countries including Ghana, France, United Kingdom, United States, Egypt, Germany, Turkey, Dubai, and the Netherlands amongst others. 

2. Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport 

The Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport is an international airport in the federal capital territory of Nigeria, Abuja. It is named after Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe who was the first ceremonial president of the country. Although the airport has been around for long, it wasn’t until 2000 that it was open for international flights. 

This airport serves as an office to the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority. It also acts as a hub for domestic airlines like Air Peace, Arik Air, Ibom Air, Aero Contractors, and Overland Airways. Notably, the Nnamdi Azikiwe has a wing for private jets. This is mainly where top Nigerian business men, politicians, and celebrities with private keys fly from. 

The Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport is about the most used international airport in Nigeria with about 5 million passengers carried per year. Some top foreign destinations you can travel to from this airport includes France, Dubai, Britain, Germany, and the UK.

3. Margaret Ekpo International Airport  

The Margaret Ekpo International Airport is a Nigeria international airport that’s located in the south south region of the country. The airport is located in the capital city of Cross Rivers State, Calabar. Alhaji Shehu Shagari commissioned the airport in 1983 and, it’s named after late anticolonial activist and feminist, Margaret Ekpo.

This airport, ironically, carries out a lot of domestic flights than foreign flights. Only a handful of flights are made to other countries in a year from this airport. On average, about 200,000 passengers make use of this airport per year and flights are mainly made to Abuja and Lagos. 

A lot of Nigerian domestic airlines operate from this international airport, most notably Air Peace. 

4. Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport 

This airport is located in Kano state and serves the northern Nigerian region. During the colonial era, this airport was used as a Royal Air Force station. It was named after Mallam Aminu Kano who was a prominent Nigerian politician. The airport handles both domestic and international flights. 

This airport is the oldest in Nigeria and the airport that landed the first aircraft in Nigeria in 1922. However, it wasn’t until 1936 that full operations began. Notably, this airport is mainly used by Muslim faithfuls to travel for pilgrimage to Mecca. 

Airlines operating from this international airport include Aero Contractors, Air Peace, Azman Air, EgyptAir, Ethiopian Airlines, Max Air, Saudia, Sudan Airways, and Flynas amongst others. Yearly, the airport records 350,000 to 400,000 passengers. Since beginning operations, the airport has recorded 3 incidents in 1956, 1973, and 2002 respectively. 

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5. Port Harcourt International Airport 

Here’s another International Airport located in the south south region of Nigeria. This airport is located in the Garden City, Port Harcourt, capital of Rivers State. More specifically, it is located in the Omagwa suburb. It’s the most recent international airport on this list as it was commissioned for international flights in 2018. Before then, it was just a domestic airport.

As being relatively new, the airport still operates domestic flight in majority. Domestic airline affiliates include, Airk Air, Air Peace, Aero Contractors, Dana Air, and Med-View Airline. International airline affiliates include Air France, Turkish Airlines, Cronos Airlines, and Africa’s Connection STP amongst others.

You can mainly travel to European countries from the Port Harcourt International Airport. It’s a very busy airport considering the high rate of commercial activities happening in Port Harcourt. In 2018, this airport was the 3rd-busiest in Nigeria after recording more than 1 million passengers.

6. Akanu Ibiam International Airport 

Last but not least on this list is the Akanu Ibiam International Airport. The airport is located in Enugu, Enugu State, and serves the south eastern part of Nigeria. It’s named after late statesman and medical doctor, Akanu Ibiam. 

After series of closure and renovations, the airport was open for international flights in 2010. Notably, extensive renovations to improve the state of the airport was also carried out in 2020. 

Ethiopian Airlines is the major foreign airline that operates from this international airport. The domestic airlines include Air Peace, Aero Contractors, Ibom Air, Arik Air, Med-View Airline and United Nigeria Airlines. Over the past 5 years, the airport has constantly recorded growth in statistics with an average of about 350,000 passengers per year.

The Akanu Ibiam International Airport also serves as an operating hub for Cargo airlines. 

Bottom Line 

No matter what part of Nigeria you’re in, you can easily find an international airport close to you. The international airports are spread out in different parts of Nigeria. Although the airports were built by different state governments, they are managed by the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN).