Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport

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Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport
Abuja Airport Iwelumo-1.jpg
Airport typePublic
Owner/OperatorFederal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN)
Hub for
Elevation AMSL1,123 ft / 342 m
Coordinates9°00′24″N 7°15′47″E / 9.00667°N 7.26306°E / 9.00667; 7.26306
ABV is located in Nigeria
Location of the airport in Nigeria
Direction Length Surface
m ft
04/22 3,610 11,844 Asphalt
Statistics (2017)
Passenger change 16–17Decrease18.14%
Sources: NBS[1] WAD[2] GCM[3] Google Maps[4]

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 kilometres (12 mi) west of Abuja, and has an international and a domestic terminal that share its single runway.

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority has its head office on the airport grounds.[5] The Abuja non-directional beacon (Ident: AG) is 1.7 nautical miles (3.1 km) off the threshold of Runway 22. The Abuja VOR-DME (Ident: ABC) is 1.3 nautical miles (2.4 km) off the same runway.[6][7]


The airport was built in 2000 and opened in 2002.[8]

In November 2006 the Abuja Gateway Consortium signed a US$101.1 million contract for the management of the airport over the next 25 years. The contract included the construction of an airport hotel, private car parks, shopping malls, and a bonded warehouse, totalling US$50 million during its first five years, and additionally an upfront payment of US$10 million. According to the business plan, total investments would have amounted to US$371 million during the period of the contract. However, then-President Yar'Adua revoked the contract in April 2008.

Plans were invited for the construction of a second runway.[9] The contract was awarded to Julius Berger Construction Company for US$423 million, but was revoked due to the high cost. The Federal Government approved fresh bids for the construction of the second runway.

On January 4, 2017, Nigeria's Federal Executive Council backed the Ministry of Aviation's decision to close the airport for six weeks to enable repairs on the runway, which was said to be dysfunctional. The Nigerian government also approved N1 billion for the conclusion of the Kaduna Airport terminal, which had been debated as an alternative for Abuja Airport.[10] Several airport users,[11] including the Nigerian Senate,[12] opposed the planned closure. It was believed that the closure of the airport would cause hardship for international and local air travellers alike.

Starting March 8, 2017, Nigeria declared the airport closed for at least six weeks to bring needed repairs to the runway.[13] On 18 April 2017, the airport was reopened following completion of this project.[14]

On 20th December, 2018, President Muhammadu Buhari commissioned a new terminal building. [15] The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria says the newly completed terminal building can process up to 15 million passengers annually. [16]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Main terminal building
Apron view
Aero Contractors Lagos, Owerri, Port Harcourt-Omagwa, Sokoto, Uyo, Yola
Africa World Airlines Accra
Air Côte d'Ivoire Abidjan
Air France Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Port Harcourt-Omagwa
Air Peace Accra, Asaba,[17] Calabar, Enugu, Kebbi, Lagos, Owerri, Port Harcourt-Omagwa, Yola
Arik Air Asaba, Bauchi,[18] Benin City, Calabar, Enugu, Gombe, Ibadan, Ilorin, Kano, Lagos, Maiduguri, Owerri, Port Harcourt-Omagwa, Sokoto, Uyo, Warri, Yola
ASKY Airlines Lomé, N'Djamena, Yaoundé
Azman Air Kano, Lagos, Yola
British Airways London–Heathrow
Dana Air Lagos, Port Harcourt-Omagwa, Uyo
Discovery Air Nigeria Lagos
EgyptAir Cairo
Emirates Dubai–International[19]
Ethiopian Airlines Addis Ababa
Lufthansa Frankfurt
Med-View Airline Jeddah, Lagos, Yola
Overland Airways Akure, Asaba, Bauchi, Calabar,[20] Dutse, Ibadan, Ilorin, Jalingo, Jos,[21] Kano,[22] Katsina,[23] Lagos, Minna
RwandAir Accra, Kigali
Turkish Airlines Istanbul[24]


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 2,126,645 2,011,320 2,190,398 2,651,282 3,196,438 3,922,547 4,216,147 3,679,224 3,945,897 4,169,676 4,341,637
Growth (%) Decrease 3.09% Decrease 5.42% Increase 8.90% Increase21.04% Increase20.56% Increase22.72% Increase 7.48% Decrease12.73% Increase 7.25% Increase 5.67% Increase 4.12%
Source: Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN). Aviation Sector Reports (2010-2013,[25] 2014,[26] Q3-Q4 of 2015,[27] and Q1-Q2 of 2016,[28])

See also[edit]


  1. ^ https://nigerianstat.gov.ng/elibrary?queries[search]=Air%20Transportion%20data
  2. ^ Airport information for DNAA at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.Source: DAFIF.
  3. ^ Airport information for ABV at Great Circle Mapper.
  4. ^ Google Maps - Abuja
  5. ^ Contact Us, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority. Retrieved on 9 September 2010.
  6. ^ "Abuja NDB (AG) @ OurAirports". ourairports.com. Retrieved 21 August 2018.
  7. ^ "Abuja VOR-DME (ABC) @ OurAirports". ourairports.com. Retrieved 21 August 2018.
  8. ^ "Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport | Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria". Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria. Retrieved 21 August 2018.
  9. ^ "Senate queries approval of N63 5bn for Abuja Airport's 2nd runway contract". oak.tv. Oak TV. Oak TV. Retrieved 11 January 2017.
  10. ^ "Why Nigerian govt approved N1billion for Kaduna Airport Terminal". oak.tv. Oak TV. Oak TV. Retrieved 11 January 2017.
  11. ^ "Abuja Airport Closure: 'Fire brigade approach to upgrade Kaduna airport will not work'- Dino Melaye". oak.tv. Oak TV. Oak TV. Retrieved 11 January 2017.
  12. ^ "Abuja Airport Closure: Senate disagrees with Shehu Sani on Kaduna airport". oak.tv. Retrieved 11 January 2017.
  13. ^ "Nigeria to close airport in Abuja, the capital, for repairs | KSL.com". Retrieved 8 March 2017.
  14. ^ Idris Ibrahim. "Abuja airport reopens as Ethiopian airline lands new plane". Premium Times.
  15. ^ "Buhari inaugurates new Abuja airport terminal".
  16. ^ "Abuja Airport's new terminal to process 15m passengers annually—FAAN".
  17. ^ https://www.flyairpeace.com/#cal-accordion-0-1
  18. ^ https://www.dailytrust.com.ng/arik-air-begins-flights-to-bauchi-may-9.html
  19. ^ https://www.dailytrust.com.ng/emirates-resumes-abuja-flight-kano-soon--sirika.html
  20. ^ https://www.overlandairways.com/Travel-Information/RouteMap
  21. ^ https://www.overlandairways.com/Travel-Information/RouteMap
  22. ^ https://www.overlandairways.com/Travel-Information/RouteMap
  23. ^ https://www.overlandairways.com/Travel-Information/RouteMap
  24. ^ "Istanbul New Airport Transition Delayed Until April 5, 2019 (At The Earliest)".
  25. ^ Passenger Only Aviation Data Report 2010-13 to Q1 2014
  26. ^ Aviation Sector Summary Report Q4 2014 - Q1 2015
  28. ^ Nigerian Aviation Sector Summary Report: Q1-Q2 2016

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