Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport

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Nnamdi Azikiwe
International Airport
Abuja Airport Iwelumo-1.jpg
Airport type Public
Owner/Operator Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN)
Serves Abuja
Hub for
Elevation AMSL 1,123 ft / 342 m
Coordinates 9°00′24″N 7°15′47″E / 9.00667°N 7.26306°E / 9.00667; 7.26306
Website www.faan.gov.ng/nnamdi-azikwe-international-airport/
ABV is located in Nigeria
Location of the airport in Nigeria
Direction Length Surface
m ft
04/22 3,610 11,844 Asphalt
Statistics (2015)
Passengers 4,341,637
Passenger change 14–15 Increase4.1%
Sources: FAAN[1] WAD[2] GCM[3] Google Maps[4]

Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (IATA: ABVICAO: 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 an 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of a second runway.[9] The contract was awarded to Julius Berger Construction Company for US$423 million, but was revoked due to the high cost.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]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Aero Contractors Lagos, Owerri, Port Harcourt, Sokoto, Uyo
Africa World Airlines Accra
Air Côte d'Ivoire Abidjan
Air France Paris–Charles de Gaulle
Air Peace Calabar, Enugu, Kebbi, Lagos, Owerri, Port Harcourt
Arik Air Accra, Asaba, Benin City, Calabar, Enugu, Gombe, Ibadan, Ilorin, Kano, Lagos, Maiduguri, Owerri, Port Harcourt, Sokoto, Uyo, Warri, Yola
ASKY Airlines Lomé, N'Djamena, Yaoundé
Azman Air Kano, Lagos
British Airways London–Heathrow
Dana Air Lagos, Port Harcourt, Uyo
DiscoveryAir Nigeria Lagos
EgyptAir Cairo
Ethiopian Airlines Addis Ababa
First Nation Airways Lagos
Lufthansa Frankfurt
Med-View Airline Jeddah, Lagos, Yola
Overland Airways Akure, Bauchi, Ibadan, Ilorin, Lagos, Dutse, Asaba, Jalingo, Minna
South African Airways Johannesburg–O.R. Tambo (suspended)[15][16]
Turkish Airlines Istanbul–Atatürk


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,[17] 2014,[18] Q3-Q4 of 2015,[19] and Q1-Q2 of 2016,[20])

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