Before you travel with these Airlines In Nigeria, It’s good to know the history of airports in Nigeria, some of the airports code in Nigeria, where some of these airports are located in Nigeria.
We have come with a list of local and international airports located in every cities of Nigeria that is near you.
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List Of Local And International Airports In Nigeria And Their Codes
• Murtala Muhammed International Airport
Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) (IATA: LOS, ICAO: DNMM) is an international airport located in Ikeja, Lagos State, Nigeria, and is the major airport serving the entire state.
The airport was initially built during World War II and is named after Murtala Muhammed, the fourth military ruler of Nigeria.
The airport at Ikeja near Lagos was built during World War II. West African Airways Corporation was formed in 1947 and had its main base at Ikeja. De Havilland Doves were initially operated on WAACs Nigerian internal routes and then West African services. Larger Douglas Dakotas were added to the Ikeja-based fleet from 1957.
Originally known as Lagos International Airport, it was renamed in the mid 1970s, during construction of the new international terminal, after a former Nigerian military head of state Murtala Muhammed.
The international terminal was modeled after Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. The new terminal opened officially on 15 March 1979. It is the main base for Nigeria’s largest airline, Air Peace, as well as for several other Nigerian airlines.
Murtala Muhammed International Airport consists of an international and a domestic terminal, located about one kilometre from each other.
Both terminals share the same runways. This domestic terminal used to be the old Ikeja Airport. International operations moved to the new international airport when it was ready while domestic operations moved to the Ikeja Airport, which became the domestic airport.
The domestic operations were relocated to the old Lagos domestic terminal in 2000 after a fire. A new domestic privately funded terminal known as MMA2 has been constructed and was commissioned on 7 April 2007.
• Port Harcourt International Airport
Port Harcourt International Airport (IATA: PHC, ICAO: DNPO) is an international airport located in Omagwa, a suburb of Port Harcourt, the capital city of the Rivers State in Nigeria.
The airport has two terminals for both international and domestic flights. The new International terminal which was commissioned by the executive president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari on October 25, 2018. In 2009, the airport served 1,081,587 passengers, making it the third-busiest airport in Nigeria.
• Kaduna International Airport
Kaduna Airport (IATA: KAD, ICAO: DNKA) is an airport serving Kaduna, the capital of Kaduna State in Nigeria. The airport is around 22 kilometres (14 mi) northwest of the city. The airport was opened in 1982.
• Ibadan Airport Nigeria
Ibadan Airport (IATA: IBA, ICAO: DNIB) is an airport serving Ibadan, the capital of the Oyo State of Nigeria.
The Airport is situated at Alakia, between Adegbayi community and Iwo road.
According to the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), it was commissioned by Joseph Wayas, a former senate president of Nigeria in June 1982.
The Ibadan VOR-DME (Ident: IBA) and non-directional beacon (Ident: IN) are located on the field.
• Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport
Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (IATA: ABV, ICAO: DNAA) is an international airport serving Abuja, in the Federal Capital Territory of Nigeria.
It is the main airport serving the Nigerian capital city and was named after Nigeria’s first President, Nnamdi Azikiwe.
The airport is approximately 20 km (12 mi) west of Abuja, and has an international and a domestic terminal that share its single runway.
Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (IATA: ABV, ICAO: DNAA), also known as Abuja International Airport, is the main international airport serving Abuja.
• Akanu Ibiam International Airport
Akanu Ibiam International Airport (IATA: ENU, ICAO: DNEN), also known as Enugu Airport, is an airport serving Enugu, the capital city of Enugu State of Nigeria, and nearby cities, such as Abakaliki, Awka, Onitsha, Nnewi, Afikpo, Okigwe, Nsukka, Ugep, Orlu, Idah, Otukpo and Ogoja.
The airport is named after the late Akanu Ibiam (1906–1995), a medical doctor and statesman who hailed from Afikpo in Ebonyi State.
The airport was closed on February 10, 2010, by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) for the first phase of major renovation and expansion works.
The airport was re-opened on 16 December 2010, but the second and third phase of the construction work is still ongoing.
The airport is being prepared for its new status as an international airport.
The Enugu VOR-DME (Ident: ENG) and non-directional beacon (Ident: EN) are located off the approach end of Runway 26. The VOR is 2.6 nautical miles (4.8 km) out, and the NDB is 1.8 nautical miles (3.3 km) out.
• Benin Airport
Benin Airport (IATA: BNI, ICAO: DNBE) is an airport serving Benin City, the capital of Edo State in Nigeria. The runway is in the middle of the city.
The Benin VOR-DME (Ident: BEN) is located 3.1 nautical miles (5.7 km) southwest of the airport. The Benin non-directional beacon (Ident: BC) is located on the field.
• Magaret Ekpo International Airport
Margaret Ekpo International Airport (IATA: CBQ, ICAO: DNCA), also known as Calabar Airport, is an airport serving Calabar, the capital of the Cross River State in Nigeria.
The airport was named after Margaret Ekpo, who was one of Nigeria’s pioneering feminist and anticolonial activists.
It was commissioned in 1983 by Alhaji Shehu Shagari, the former president of Nigeria.
The Calabar VOR-DME (Ident: CAL) is located 2.9 nautical miles (5.4 km) off the threshold of Runway 03 at Akim Qua Town in Calabar. The Calabar non-directional beacon (Ident: CR) is located on the field.
• Ilorin International Airport
Ilorin International Airport (IATA: ILR, ICAO: DNIL) is an airport serving Ilorin, a city in Kwara State of Nigeria.
The Ilorin non-directional beacon (Ident: IL) is located on the field. The Ilorin VOR-DME (Ident: ILR) is located 4.9 nautical miles (9.1 km) southwest of the airport.
• Maiduguri Airport Nigeria
Maiduguri International Airport (IATA: MIU, ICAO: DNMA) is an airport serving Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State in Nigeria.
The runway length does not include a 120 metres (390 ft) displaced threshold on each end.
The Maiduguri VOR-DME (Ident: MIU) is located 2.9 nautical miles (5.4 km) northeast of the airport. The Maiduguri non-directional beacon (Ident: MA) is located on the field.
• Markurdi Airport
Makurdi Airport (IATA: MDI, ICAO: DNMK) is an airport serving Makurdi, the capital city of Benue State in Nigeria.
The runway has an additional 266 metres (873 ft) paved overrun on each end. The Makurdi non-directional beacon (Ident: MK) is 1.2 nautical miles (2.2 km) northwest of the runway.
• Minna Airport Nigeria
Minna Airport (IATA: MXJ, ICAO: DNMN) is an airport 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) northwest of Minna, the capital of Niger State in Nigeria.
The Minna VOR-DME (Ident: MNA) and non-directional beacon (Ident: MN) are located on the field.
• Yakubu Gowon Airport
Yakubu Gowon Airport (IATA: JOS, ICAO: DNJO), also known as Jos Airport, is an airport serving Jos, the capital of the Plateau State of Nigeria. It was named after Yakubu Gowon, the Nigerian head of state from 1966 to 1975.
The Jos non-directional beacon (Ident: JS) is located 1.5 nautical miles (2.8 km) east of the airport.
The Jos VOR-DME (Ident: JOS) is located on the field. The runway has 60 metres (200 ft) overruns on each end.
• Sam Mbakwe International Airport
Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport (IATA: QOW, ICAO: DNIM), also known as Imo State Airport, serves Owerri, the capital city of Imo State in southeastern Nigeria.
It is located in Ngor Okpala Local Government Area, Imo State. Other cities served by the airport are, the commercial city of Onitsha, automobile and manufacturing city of Nnewi in Anambra State, the industrial hub of Aba, Umuahia and Arochukwu in Abia State.
Others are Okigwe, Oguta, and Orlu business districts in Imo State. The airport also serves some parts of Akwa Ibom and Cross River States in the South South part of Nigeria.
• Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport
Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport (IATA: KAN, ICAO: DNKN) is an international airport serving Kano, the capital city of Kano State of Nigeria.
It was a Royal Air Force station before the country became independent. It is the main airport serving northern Nigeria and was named after politician Aminu Kano.
The airport has an international and a domestic terminal. Construction started on a new domestic terminal and was commissioned on 23 May 2011. In 2009, the airport handled 323,482 passengers.
The bulk of international flights cater to the large Lebanese community in Kano and Muslim pilgrimages to Mecca.
• Yola Airport
Yola Airport (IATA: YOL, ICAO: DNYO) is an airport serving Yola, the capital of the Adamawa State of Nigeria. It is 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) northwest of Yola.
The Yola VOR-DME (Ident: YOL) is located 2.1 nautical miles (3.9 km) northwest of the airport. The Yola non-directional beacon (Ident: YL) is located on the field.
The airport has night landing capabilities, but for most flights in non-international designated airports, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria restricts night operations except for passenger flights during pilgrimage (Hajj).
In 2007, this airport had 46,489 passengers movements, a decrease of 38.3% from previous year.
• Akwa Ibom Airport
Victor Attah International Airport (IATA: QUO, ICAO: DNAI), is an airport serving Uyo, the capital of Akwa Ibom State in Nigeria. The airport is 24 kilometres (15 mi) southeast of Uyo, and 16 kilometres (9.9 mi) northwest of the river port of Oron.
The Akwa Ibom non-directional beacon (Ident: AI) and Uyo VOR-DME (Ident: AKW) are located on the field.
The first phase of airport construction began in 2006 and was completed in the year 2009. Akwa Ibom Airport opened on September 23, 2009, and the first scheduled passenger service commenced on December 2, 2009, when Arik Air began offering flights to Abuja and Lagos. The second construction phase began in the year 2012, and included the completion of a maintenance, repair, and overhaul facility, the construction of an international terminal, and additional taxiways.
The airport was renamed after former Governor Obong Victor Attah by Governor Udom Emmanuel at a Banquet to honor the 80th birthday of Obong Attah on 24 November 2018, the airport which was previously named Akwa Ibom International Airport has now been renamed to Victor Attah International Airport.
• Bauchi State Airport
Bauchi State International Airport (IATA: BCU, ICAO: DNBC] is a new airport serving the city of Bauchi, the capital of Bauchi State, Nigeria.
It is named after Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, who was Prime Minister of Nigeria from 1957 to 1966. The airport is 22 kilometres (14 mi) northwest of Bauchi.
The airport was constructed in 18 months to replace the in-town Bauchi Airport, and has scheduled airline service. A cargo terminal is also planned.
The BU non-directional beacon (Ident: BU) and Bauchi VOR-DME (Ident: BCH) are located on the field.
• Akure Airport
Akure Airport (IATA: AKR, ICAO: DNAK) is an airport serving Akure, the capital of Ondo State, Nigeria.
• Zaria Airport
Zaria Airport (IATA: ZAR, ICAO: DNZA) is an airport serving Zaria, a city in the Kaduna State of Nigeria.
The airport is 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) north of the city. Nigerian College of Aviation Technology NCAT is based on the grounds of the airport. There is no scheduled airline operations at the airport.
• Asaba International Airport
Asaba Airport (IATA: ABB, ICAO: DNAS) is an airport serving Asaba, the capital of Delta State of Nigeria.
The airport handles domestic services connecting the city to Nigeria’s major metropolitan centres. It also serves Onitsha, across the Niger River in Anambra State.
The airport was opened with great expectations in 2013, but rapid deterioration of the new runway has required major restoration.
The Delta State government signed a concession agreement with a consortium of private companies to manage and run the Asaba Airport for a period of 30 years in February 2021.
Aside from the companies upgrading the infrastructures at the airport, the major concessionaire is to pay annual royalty to the state government until the airport is again handed back to the state.
• Sadiq Abubakar Airport
Sadiq Abubakar III International Airport or Sultan Saddik Abubakar Airport (IATA: SKO, ICAO: DNSO) is an airport serving Sokoto, the capital of the Sokoto State in Nigeria.
Arik Air does daily operation from Abuja and Med-View Airlines does flights to Jeddah during Hajj using a 747.
The Sokoto VOR-DME (Ident: SOK) and non-directional beacon (Ident: SK) are located on the field.
The runway length does not include 118 metres (387 ft) displaced thresholds on each end.
• Kastina Airport
Katsina Airport (IATA: DKA, ICAO: DNKT, TC LID: DN57) is an airport serving Katsina, the capital of Katsina State in Nigeria. The runway is on the northeast side of the city.
• Jalingo Airport Nigeria
Jalingo Airport (ICAO: DNJA) renamed Danbaba Danfulani Suntai Airport is an airport serving Jalingo located 10km to the west from the city center, the capital of Taraba State in Nigeria.
After a period of intermittent construction, the upgraded airport opened in 2014.
• Bello International Airport
Sir Ahmadu Bello International Airport (SABIA) (ICAO: DNBK) is an airport serving Birnin Kebbi in the Kebbi State of Nigeria. It is located at Ambursa, 16 kilometres (9.9 mi) east of Birnin Kebbi, along the Birnin Kebbi-Argungu road.
• Sani Abacha International Airport
Sani Abacha International Airport (IATA: GMO, ICAO: DNGO) is an airport serving Gombe, the capital of Gombe State of Nigeria.
It was recently built along the Bauchi to Gombe road by the village of Lawanti. Planning began in 2005 and was certified for flights in 2008, first International flight to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
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