Port Harcourt International Airport
|Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa|
|IATA: PHC – ICAO: DNPO
|Owner/Operator||Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN)|
|Elevation AMSL||87 ft / 27 m|
|Sources: FAAN  and DAFIF |
Port Harcourt International Airport (IATA: PHC, ICAO: DNPO) is an international airport located in Omagwa, a suburb of Port Harcourt city in Rivers State, Nigeria. The airport consists of a single terminal with separate facilities for international and domestic flights. In 2009, the airport served 1,081,587 passengers, making it the third busiest airport in Nigeria.
On August 18, 2006, the airport was closed for repairs. The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority stated that the emergency shutdown was in order to overhaul the runway and build a fence around the facility. Such maintenance had been in planning stages for several months, but an electrical fire on August 17, 2006 made repairs immediately necessary. All domestic flights were diverted to Sam Mbakwe Airport (Owerri), Akanu Ibiam International Airport (Enugu) and Margaret Ekpo International Airport (Calabar), while international flights were diverted to Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (Abuja) or Murtala Mohammed International Airport (Lagos).
Repair work started in January 2007, while re-opening was originally expected to be in August 2007. In June 2007, work was suspended due to safety concerns of the engineers.
In December 2007, the airport was reopened to a limited capacity. Operations were restricted to daytime until the first quarter of 2008, by which time the new CAT III lighting system became fully operational.
This airport is notoriously bad for uniformed officials trying to extort money from fare paying passengers. An oyibo. (translates as 'no skin')
Airlines and destinations
|Aero Contractors||Abuja, Lagos|
|Air France||Paris-Charles de Gaulle|
|Arik Air||Abuja, Lagos|
|Dana Air||Abuja, Lagos|
|Air France Cargo||Paris-Charles de Gaulle|
|Year||Total Passengers||% Increase||Freight (tons)||Total Aircraft Movements|
Incidents and accidents
- On 17 December 1996, an MK Airlines DC-8-55F arriving from Luxembourg struck trees, landed short of the runway and burned. All four crew survived.
- On 27 November 2001, an MK Airlines Boeing 747-200F crashed in bad weather on short final to Port Harcourt International Airport, killing one crew member. Nigeria's Ministry of Aviation, produced a Civil Aviation Accident Report (FMA/AIPB/389) that found the pilot was using a nonstandard final approach on autopilot below 2000 feet, contrary to the company's policy.
- On 10 December 2005 Sosoliso Airlines Flight 1145 crashed at Port Harcourt Airport after flying from Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja. Of 110 passengers and crew on board, there were only two survivors.
- Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN): Port Harcourt International Airport
- Airport information for DNPO at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.Source: DAFIF.
- Airport information for PHC at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective Oct. 2006).
- Statistics from Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria
- Accident Synopsis 17 December 1996 AirDisaster.com
- Accident Synopsis 27 November 2001 AirDisaster.com
- Transportation Safety Board. "Reduced Power at Take-off and, Collision with Terrain, MK Airlines Limited, Boeing 747-244SF 9G-MKJ, Halifax International Airport, Nova Scotia. Report Number A04H0004". p. 50. Retrieved 8 September 2010.