Akanu Ibiam International Airport

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Akanu Ibiam International Airport

Enugu Airport
Enugu Airport.JPG
Airport typePublic
Owner/OperatorFederal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN)
ServesEnugu, Awgu, Abakaliki, Awka, Umuahia; (Onitsha),( Nnewi),(Owerri), Aba, Okigwe, Nsukka, Orlu, Afikpo and Arochukwu, Parts of Cross River, Benue and Kogi States of Nigeria. Nigeria
Elevation AMSL466 ft / 142 m
Coordinates6°28′26″N 7°33′40″E / 6.47389°N 7.56111°E / 6.47389; 7.56111Coordinates: 6°28′26″N 7°33′40″E / 6.47389°N 7.56111°E / 6.47389; 7.56111
ENU is located in Nigeria
Location of airport in Nigeria
Direction Length Surface
m ft
08/26 3,000 9,843 Asphalt
Statistics (2015)
Passenger change 14–15Increase4.5%
Sources: FAAN[1] WAD[2] GCM[3] Google Maps[4]

Akanu Ibiam International Airport[5] (IATA: ENU, ICAO: DNEN), also known as Enugu Airport,[1] is an airport serving Enugu,[2] 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.[5] 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.[6][7]

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.[8][9]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Aero Contractors Lagos
Air Peace Abuja, Lagos
Arik Air Abuja, Lagos
Ethiopian Airlines Addis Ababa
Ibom Air Abuja, Lagos
Med-View Airline Lagos, Port Harcourt
United Nigeria Airlines[10] Abuja, Lagos


These data show number of passengers movements into the airport, according to the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria's Aviation Sector Summary Reports.

Year 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Passengers 197,783 173,559 201,064 276,035 366,592 N.D. 301,744 211,225 229,676 337,530 352,820
Growth (%) Decrease 3.88% Decrease12.25% Increase15.85% Increase37.29% Increase32.81% N.D. N.D. Decrease30.00% Increase 8.74% Increase46.96% Increase 4.53%
Source: Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN). Aviation Sector Reports (2010-2013,[11] 2014,[12] Q3-Q4 of 2015,[13] and Q1-Q2 of 2016,[14])

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • In August 2019, six years after being constructed, the airport's runway collapsed. The airport was closed for urgent repair work and a government investigation launched.[15]
    Akanu Ibiam International Airport

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Enugu Airport". Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 4 October 2015.
  2. ^ a b Airport information for DNEN Archived 2013-10-06 at the Wayback Machine from DAFIF (effective October 2006)
  3. ^ Airport information for ENU at Great Circle Mapper.
  4. ^ Google Maps - Akanu
  5. ^ a b "Enugu Airport Closed for Repairs". THISDAY. 30 November 2009.[dead link]
  6. ^ "Jonathan Visits Enugu State For Commissioning Of Enugu Airport • Channels Television". Channels Television. 2013-05-18. Retrieved 2018-08-21.
  7. ^ http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/jonathan-opens-enugu-airport/71823/[dead link]
  8. ^ "Enugu NDB (EN) @ OurAirports". ourairports.com. Retrieved 2018-08-21.
  9. ^ "Enugu VOR-DME (ENG) @ OurAirports". ourairports.com. Retrieved 2018-08-21.
  10. ^ "United Nigeria begins commercial operations".
  11. ^ Passenger Only Aviation Data Report 2010-13 to Q1 2014
  12. ^ Aviation Sector Summary Report Q4 2014 - Q1 2015
  14. ^ Nigerian Aviation Sector Summary Report: Q1-Q2 2016
  15. ^ Oyebade, Wole (August 21, 2019). "Reps to probe collapse of Enugu Airport runway". The Guardian. Retrieved May 5, 2021.

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