Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport

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 (1904–1996). The airport is approximately 20 km (12 mi) southwest of the city centre, and has an international and a domestic terminal that share its single runway.[5]

Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport

Filin Jirgin Saman Abuja
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)
Passengers5,323,905 (2021)
Sources: NBS[1] WAD[2] GCM[3] Google Maps[4]



A new airport terminal was built in 2000 by Julius Berger, located near the existing terminal that served both domestic and international flights. The new terminal opened in 2002 and serves international flights. The existing terminal now serves domestic flights.[6]

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.[citation needed]

In June 2009, Delta Air Lines began a route to New York City via Dakar.[7] The following June, the carrier introduced seasonal nonstop service to New York.[8][9] It was reported in 2012 that Delta had suspended flights to Abuja due to the high cost of fuel and diminished passenger counts.[10]

Plans were invited for the construction of a second runway.[11] The contract was awarded to Julius Berger Construction Company for US$423 million, but was revoked due to the high cost.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.[12] Several airport users,[13] including the Nigerian Senate,[14] opposed the planned closure. It was believed that the closure of the airport would cause hardship for international and local air travellers alike.

On March 8, 2017, the Federal Airport Authority in Nigeria, stated that the airport will shut to commercial traffic for at least six weeks to bring needed repairs to the runway.[15] On 18 April 2017, the airport was reopened following the completion of the project.[16]

On 20 December 2018, President Muhammadu Buhari commissioned a new terminal building.[17] The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria says the newly completed terminal building can process up to 15 million passengers annually.[18]

Other facilities


The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has its Abuja office on the airport grounds;[19] previously the airport had the authority's head office.[20]

The airport operates a private jet wing that serves businesses, diplomats and politicians in the city. In 2016, the Ministry of Transportation announced plans for a new terminal for private Jet operations. The General Aviation Terminal project will cost N258 million naira and will include a new protocol Lounge and rehabilitation of the fire station at the Airport. It will serve non-scheduled flights.[21]

2017 runway reconstruction


In 2017, the Nigerian Government awarded a contract to Julius Berger for the emergency rehabilitation of the airport's only runway. It had been built to last for 20 years but had been in use for nearly 40 years at that time. The airport's runway was starting to show signs of fatigue and disrepair.[22] The Airport was closed for 6 weeks, and flights were diverted to neighboring Kaduna airport.[23] The Airport reopened with the completion of the Runway on the 17 of April 2017, 2 days ahead of schedule.[24]

Airlines and destinations

Interior of the new Airport terminal
Check-in area of the new Airport terminal
Private Jet wing of the Airport
Aero Contractors Bauchi, Benin City, Lagos, Owerri, Port Harcourt–Omagwa, Sokoto, Uyo, Yola
Africa World Airlines Accra
Air Côte d'Ivoire Abidjan, Douala
Air France N'Djamena, Paris–Charles de Gaulle[25]
Air Peace Akure,[26] Asaba,[26] Benin City, Calabar, Dubai–International (suspended), Enugu, Gombe,[26] Ibadan,[26] Ilorin,[26] Kano,[26] Kebbi, Johannesburg–O. R. Tambo, Lagos, Niamey,[27] Onitsha,[26] Owerri, Port Harcourt–Omagwa, Warri,[26] Yola
Arik Air[28] Bauchi, Benin City, Ilorin, Lagos, Port Harcourt–Omagwa, Yola
ASKY Airlines Lomé, N'Djamena, Yaoundé
Azman Air Benin City, Kano, Lagos
British Airways London–Heathrow
Egyptair Cairo
Emirates Dubai–International (suspended)[29]
Ethiopian Airlines Addis Ababa
Green Africa Airways Lagos
Ibom Air Lagos, Uyo, Yenagoa[30]
Lufthansa Frankfurt
Max Air Bauchi, Jos, Kano, Katsina, Lagos, Maiduguri, Yola
Overland Airways Akure, Asaba, Bauchi, Calabar,[31] Dutse, Ibadan, Ilorin, Jalingo, Jos,[31] Kano,[31] Katsina,[31] Lagos, Minna
Qatar Airways Doha[32]
Royal Air Maroc Casablanca (begins 23 June 2024)[33]
RwandAir Accra, Kigali
Turkish Airlines Istanbul[34]
Saudia Jeddah[35]
United Nigeria Airlines[36] Asaba, Enugu, Lagos, Onitsha,[37] Owerri, Yenagoa[37]
ValueJet Kano, Lagos, Yola



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

Annual passenger traffic at ABV airport. See Wikidata query.
Year 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Passengers 4,216,147 3,679,224 3,945,897 4,169,676 4,341,637 4,230,090 3,560,622 4,879,066 5,554,302 3,880,283 5,323,905
Growth (%)   7.48%  12.73%   7.25%   5.67%   4.12%   2.59%   15.83%   37.03%   13.83%   30.24%   37.23%
Source: Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN). Aviation Sector Reports (2010-2013,[38] 2014,[39] Q3-Q4 of 2015,[40] and Q1-Q2 of 2016,[41])[42]


Accidents and incidents


See also



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