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Full List Of International Airports In Nigeria (Updated)

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Full List Of International Airports In Nigeria (Updated). An international airport is one which is open for arrival and departures of aircraft, performing international air transportation, and where the passport and customs control is based.
International Airports In Nigeria
Based on popular demand we will reveal to you in this post the updated full list of international airports in Nigeria and the necessary information on each one of the mentioned Airports.
As at present Nigeria boasts of up to 31 airports all over the 36 states we have in the country though unfortunately not all of them are international airports, we have local airports in Nigeria likewise the Nigeria International Airports though few.
We have the Nigerian International Airports opened for both Nigerians and other foreign nationals who are coming into the country or departing to other foreign countries.
To cushion the smooth running of arrival and departure the Nigerian Immigration Service and Passport Officers are sited at each airport.
You might want to travel out of the country for different reasons like work, touring or education purposes and so on we have listed in this post the full list of Nigerian International Airports.

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How Many International Airports Are In Nigeria?

There are 11 international airports in Nigeria as of present but just 5 out of them are fully operational to the handling of international flights and are up to international standard.

Full List Of International Airports In Nigeria

Now let us go straight to the topic of today as we list the Nigerian International Airports and every helpful information you might need to know about. But before we do, take a look at the Top Best Domestic Airlines in Nigeria

1. Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Ikeja

Murtala Mohammed International Airport is an international airport located in Ikeja the capital city of Lagos State and is the most used airport in Nigeria.

Murtala Airport is the busiest and busiest Airport in Nigeria, formerly known as Lagos International Airport, and was later renamed in the 1970s to Murtala Mohammed International Airport to honor the late former Nigerian Military leader “Murtala Mohammed.”

The airport operated both domestic and international flights of which the same runway is being used.

According to statistics, we found out that Murtala Muhammed Airport handles more than 7 million passengers yearly and this increases every year which made us arrive at the conclusion that the airport is one of the biggest airports in Africa.

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2. Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja

The Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport is an international airport that was built in the early 2000 and was opened and started operating in 2002.

The airport is located in the Capital City of Nigeria Abuja and is the main airport that serves the whole of Abuja. Just like the Lagos State Airport, Nnamdi Azikiwe International airport also operates both domestic and international flights and it covers approximately 20 KM of land.

Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport was named after the Nigerian first president. According to the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) the airport annually processed at least 4 million passengers both local and international.

The airport was built to handle up to 11 million passengers yearly if there is a need for that and most of the classic and top Airlines like Lufthansa, Ethiopian Airlines, Air Peace, Air France and many other airlines convey passengers to and fro the airport.

3. Port Harcourt International Airport

The Port Harcourt International Airport is newly built and is located in the capital city of Rivers State. The airport is owned and operated by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN). The airport serves the people of Rivers state and also other neighboring Sout-Southern States.

The Port Harcourt International Airport also operates both domestic and international flights and was recently commissioned by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2018 before it was opened for use.

This airport is filled with new and modern facilities and in 2019 it was able to move over 1.5 million passengers both domestically and Internationally.

4. Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport

The Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport is an international airport located in Kano State, Nigeria, and has been the main airport serving the people of Kano State. Mallam Aminu Airport was formerly known as the Royal Airforce station before Nigeria gained its independence in 1960 and was later renamed.

Mallam Aminu International Airport is the oldest airport in Nigeria and also the first airport in Nigeria, it was there where the first plane landed in Nigeria back in the year 1922, though the airport started accepting passengers in 1936.

In 2008, the airport recorded over 500,000 both domestic and international passengers, also one of the few airports that serve general use and also the military flights.

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5. Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu

The Akanu Ibiam International Airport is located in Enugu State and is popularly known as the Enugu Airport. It is an international airport that serves Enugu state and other cities like Awka, Onitsha, Abakaliki, Nnewi, Nsukka, Afikpo, Okigwe, Ugep, Orlu, Idah, Otukpo, and Ogojawhich.

Akanu Ibiam International Airport was established in 1976 and so far has been able to handle flights of both local and international effectively.

6. Kaduna International Airport

The Kaduna International Airport was established and officially commissioned in 1982 and is located about 22 kilometers northwest of the city having its first international flight in March 2017.

The airport is operated by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), the airport was recently upgraded in 2017 and now serves both domestic flights and international flights..

7. Asaba International Airport

The Asaba International Airport is an international airport that was established and opened in 2013, it is located in the capital city of Asaba, Delta state Nigeria and it serves Delta state and also Onitsha across the Niger River in Anambra.

The airport was opened with high expectations but over time started deteriorating as it has been temporarily closed and presently needs much intervention from the government.

8. Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport, Owerri

The Sam Mbakwe Airport unlike others is an international cargo airport which is located in Imo State, Nigeria. It started operation in 1994 under the regime of Navy Captain J.N. Aneke who was the former military administrator.

9. Sultan Abubakar III International Airport Sokoto

Sadiq Abubakar III International Airport or Sultan Saddik Abubakar Airport is an airport serving Sokoto, the capital of the Sokoto State in Nigeria. It is named after Siddiq Abubakar III, the Sultan of Sokoto from 1938 to 1988.

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Others International  Airports In Nigeria

  • Dutse International Airport, Jigawa
  • Kebbi International Airport, Kebbi
  • Maiduguri International Airport, Borno
  • Margaret Ekpo International Airport, Calabar

Summary List of International Airports in Nigeria, Airlines and Their Locations

This is a list of airports in Nigeria, grouped by type and sorted by location.

City served State ICAO IATA Airport name Airlines Destinations
International airports
Abuja Federal Capital Territory DNAA ABV Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport 8 25
Anambra Anambra DNAN ANA Anambra International Cargo Airport N/A N/A
Enugu Enugu DNEN ENU Akanu Ibiam International Airport 2 3
Ilorin Kwara DNIL ILR Ilorin International Airport 1 1
Kaduna Kaduna DNKA KAD Kaduna International Airport 1 1
Kano Kano DNKN KAN Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport 6 7
Lagos Lagos DNMM LOS Murtala Muhammed International Airport 27 43
Port Harcourt Rivers DNPO PHC Port Harcourt International Airport 7 2
Sokoto Sokoto DNSO SKO Sadiq Abubakar III International Airport 1 1
Major domestic airports
Asaba Delta DNAS ABB Asaba International Airport N/A N/A
Bauchi Bauchi DNBC BCU Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Airport (Bauchi State Airport) N/A N/A
Benin Edo DNBE BNI Benin Airport 1 2
Calabar Cross River DNCA CBQ Margaret Ekpo International Airport 1 2
Ibadan Oyo DNIB IBA Ibadan Airport 1 1
Jos Plateau DNJO JOS Yakubu Gowon Airport 1 1
Maiduguri Borno DNMA MIU Maiduguri International Airport N/A N/A
Owerri Imo DNIM QOW Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport (SMICA) 1 2
Uyo Akwa Ibom DNAI QUO Akwa Ibom Airport (Victor Attah Int’l) 1 1
Yola Adamawa DNYO YOL Yola Airport 1 1
Other domestic airports
Akure Ondo DNAK AKR Akure Airport N/A N/A
Gombe Gombe DNGO GMO Gombe Lawanti International Airport (Sani Abacha Int’l.) 1 1
Birnin Kebbi Kebbi DNBK Kebbi International Airport (Sir Ahmadu Bello Int’l.) N/A N/A
Dutse Jigawa DNDS Dutse International Airport N/A N/A
Jalingo Taraba DNJA Jalingo Airport (Danbaba Danfulani Suntai Airport) N/A N/A
Katsina Katsina DNKT DKA Katsina Airport N/A N/A
Makurdi Benue DNMK MDI Makurdi Airport N/A N/A
Minna Niger DNMN MXJ Minna Airport N/A N/A
Warri Delta DNSU QRW Warri Airport (Osubi Airstrip) 1 2
Yenagoa Bayelsa Bayelsa International Airport N/A N/A
Zaria Kaduna DNZA ZAR Zaria Airport N/A N/A
Ajaokuta Kogi DN51 Ajaokuta Airstrip N/A N/A
Azare Bauchi Azare Airstrip N/A N/A
Bacita Kwara Bacita Airstrip N/A N/A
Bajoga Gombe DN54 Bajoga Northeast Airport N/A N/A
Bebi Cross River Bebi Airstrip N/A N/A
Bida Niger DNBI Bida Airstrip N/A N/A
Eket Akwa Ibom DNEK/DN55 Eket Airstrip N/A N/A
Escravos Delta DN56 Escravos Airstrip N/A N/A
Gusau Zamfara DNGU QUS Gusau Airstrip N/A N/A
Nguru Yobe Nguru Airstrip N/A N/A
Potiskum Yobe Potiskum Airstrip N/A N/A
Shiroro Niger DN50 Shiroro Airstrip N/A N/A
Tuga Kebbi Tuga Airstrip N/A N/A
Military Airports
Katsina Katsina DN57 Katsina Air Force Base N/A N/A
Makurdi Benue DNMK MDI Makurdi Air Force Base N/A N/A
Port Harcourt Rivers PHG Port Harcourt NAF Base N/A N/A
Kaduna Kaduna DN53 Kaduna Air Force Base N/A N/A

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