Port Harcourt International Airport

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Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa
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IATA: PHCICAO: DNPO
PHC is located in Nigeria
PHC
PHC
Location of Airport in Nigeria
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner/Operator Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN)
Serves Port Harcourt
Location Omagwa, Nigeria
Hub for
Elevation AMSL 87 ft / 27 m
Coordinates 05°00′55″N 006°56′58″E / 5.01528°N 6.94944°E / 5.01528; 6.94944
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
03/21 3,001 9,846 Asphalt
Statistics (2012)
Passengers 1,256,854 Increase
Sources: FAAN[1] and DAFIF[2][3]

Port Harcourt International Airport (IATA: PHCICAO: 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 18 August 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 17 August 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[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Africa's Connection STP[4] São Tomé[5]
Aero Contractors Abuja, Lagos
Air France Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Abuja
Arik Air Abuja, Lagos
Cronos Airlines Malabo
Dana Air Abuja, Lagos
First Nation Airways Lagos
Lufthansa Frankfurt
Med-View Airline Lagos

Cargo[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Air France Cargo Paris-Charles de Gaulle
AV Cargo Aviation Liège
Nordic Global Airlines Oostende, Belgium

Statistics[edit]

Statistics for Port Harcourt International Airport[6]
Year Total passengers  % Increase Freight (tons) Total Aircraft movements
2006 917,151(JAN-AUG)
2007
2008 868,458
2009 1,081,587 24.5%
2010 1,211,810
2011 1,206,492
2012 1,256,854

Incidents and accidents[edit]

  • 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.[7]
  • 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.[8] 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.[9]

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