Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport

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Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport

Filin Jirgin Saman Mallami Aminu Kano (Hausa)
Aminu Kano International Airport Kano.jpg
Airport typePublic/Military
Owner/OperatorFederal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN)
ServesKano, Nigeria
Hub for
Elevation AMSL1,562 ft / 476 m
Coordinates12°02′55″N 8°31′20″E / 12.04861°N 8.52222°E / 12.04861; 8.52222
KAN is located in Nigeria
Location of the airport in Nigeria
Direction Length Surface
m ft
05/23 2,451 8,041 Asphalt
06/24 3,301 10,830 Asphalt
Statistics (2015)
Passenger change 14–15Decrease10.1%
Sources: FAAN[1] WAD[2] GCM[3] Google Maps[4]

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 Sudanese community in Kano and Muslim pilgrimages to Mecca.


Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport is the oldest in Nigeria and the first aircraft landed in Nigeria was landed in Kano in 1922, with operations starting in 1936. In the first decades of operation, it became an important fuel stop for airlines flying long-haul services between Europe and Africa. Newer aircraft did not need such fuel stops and, with the demise of the Kano economy in the late 20th century, many international airlines stopped serving the airport. When they indefinitely suspended services to Kano in June 2012, KLM was the only European airline serving Kano, which they had done without interruption since 1947.[5]


The airport serves civilian and military flights. Runway 06/24 is mainly used for civilian flights, while runway 05/23 primarily serves the Nigerian Air Force base at the south side of the airport. Runway 05/23 was in use for all operations when the main runway was rehabilitated in the beginning of the 21st century. The terminal facilities lie between the two runways.

The Kano VOR-DME (ident: KAN) and non-directional beacons (idents: KO and AO) are located on the field.[6][7][8]

The main terminal with the control tower serves international flights and domestic services operated by Arik Air. Facilities in the departure lounge are minimal, with a newsstand near the check-in counter and a small bar at airside. There is a small VIP lounge for business class passengers. Duty-free shops are currently closed. There is a small bar and a post office in the arrivals hall. On the south side of the airport, along runway 06/24, is the domestic terminal currently serving operations of IRS Airlines. Facilities include a newsstand and small bar. Construction of a new domestic terminal, adjacent to the main terminal building, started in the beginning of the 21st century. Construction was abandoned but was resumed. The operator of the airport, Federal Airports Authority Nigeria (FAAN), saw the completion of the new terminal in November 2009. It was commissioned in May 2011.[1]

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Aero Contractors Abuja, Lagos
Air Peace Abuja, Asaba,[9] Lagos, Niamey,[10] Owerri, Port Harcourt–Omagwa
Arik Air Abuja
Azman Air Abuja, Lagos
Badr Airlines Khartoum
EgyptAir Cairo
Eritrean Airlines Asmara, Khartoum[11]
Ethiopian Airlines Addis Ababa
flynas Jeddah
Max Air Abuja, Benin City, Lagos
Seasonal charter: Jeddah
Qatar Airways Doha[12]
Saudia Jeddah, Medina
Sudan Airways Khartoum
Tarco Airlines Khartoum


EgyptAir Cairo
Ethiopian Airlines Cargo Liege
Saudia Cargo Jeddah


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 302,017 349,057 381,862 363,290 341,367 381,841 448,792 369,132 327,267 433,263 389,530
Growth (%) Increase 3.13% Increase15.58% Increase 9.40% Decrease 4.86% Decrease 6.03% Increase11.86% Increase17.53% Decrease17.75% Decrease11.34% Increase32.39% Decrease10.09%
Source: Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN). Aviation Sector Reports (2010-2013,[13] 2014,[14] Q3-Q4 of 2015,[15] and Q1-Q2 of 2016,[16])


  • On 24 June 1956, a BOAC four-engine Canadair C-4 Argonaut airliner crashed on departure from Kano International. Of the 45 passengers and crew on board, only 13 survived.
  • On 22 January 1973, the Kano Air Disaster occurred - an Alia Boeing 707-320C crashed at Kano International while attempting to make a landing in high winds. 176 of the 202 passengers and crew on board were killed. It was and remains the worst aviation disaster in the history of Nigeria.
  • On March 31, 1992 Trans-Air Service Flight 671 was a cargo flight from Luxembourg Airport to Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport in Kano, Nigeria. While flying over France on March 31, 1992, the Boeing 707 operating the flight experienced an in-flight separation of two engines on its right wing. Despite the damage to the aircraft, the pilots were able to perform an emergency landing at Istres-Le Tubé Air Base in Istres, France. All five occupants of the aircraft survived; however, the aircraft was damaged beyond repair due to a fire on the right wing.
  • On 4 May 2002, EAS Airlines Flight 4226, a BAC 1-11-500 twin-engine jet crashed upon take-off from Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, killing 73 passengers and crew on board as well as 30 more on the ground into whose houses the plane had crashed.[17]

See also[edit]


Public Domain This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website

  1. ^ a b FAAN Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport Archived 4 November 2016 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Airport information for DNKN". World Aero Data. Archived from the original on 5 March 2019.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link) Data current as of October 2006. Source: DAFIF.
  3. ^ Airport information for KAN at Great Circle Mapper.
  4. ^ Google Maps - Kano
  5. ^ "KANO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT – From Grace to Grass and Back Again". JetLife Nigeria. 10 July 2013. Archived from the original on 3 March 2015.
  6. ^ "Kano NDB (KO) @ OurAirports". Retrieved 21 August 2018.
  7. ^ "Kano NDB (AO) @ OurAirports". Retrieved 21 August 2018.
  8. ^ "Kano VOR-DME (KAN) @ OurAirports". Retrieved 21 August 2018.
  9. ^
  10. ^ Salau, Sulaimon (6 February 2022). "Air Peace resumes direct flights to Dubai". The Guardian Nigeria. Retrieved 6 February 2022.
  11. ^ "Eritrean Airlines adds Kano service from May 2019".
  12. ^[bare URL]
  13. ^ Passenger Only Aviation Data Report 2010-13 to Q1 2014
  14. ^ Aviation Sector Summary Report Q4 2014 - Q1 2015
  16. ^ Nigerian Aviation Sector Summary Report: Q1-Q2 2016
  17. ^ Nigerian Sports Minister, 146 Others Feared Dead in Air Crash Archived 13 December 2004 at the Wayback Machine

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