Nigerian Airports: List of International Airports in Nigeria

There are a number of airports in Nigeria, both local and international airports.

International airports provides services for international travels — that is, travel between Nigeria and other countries. They are the airports where flights take off or land for international travels.

How many international airports are in Nigeria?

There are 5 international airports in Nigeria.


1. Murtala Muhammed International Airport

International and Cargo terminals open 24 hours daily.

Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos is the nation’s busiest airport – with two terminals – International and Cargo terminals open 24 hours daily while the domestic terminal opens 16 hours daily.

2. Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport

The nation’s second busiest airport.

NAIA was built in the early 2000 and opened in 2002. It holds a pride of place, among airports in the country, as the international airport for the country’s federal capital, Abuja.

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3. Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport

MAKIA is one of the country’s oldest international airports.

The remodeled Mallam Aminu Kano International was remodeled and commissioned on March 15, 2015 by HRH Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi on the March 15, 2013.

4. Port Harcourt International Airport

PHIA plays a very important role in the economy of the country.

The Port Harcourt International Airport, PHIA, allows direct air connections between the country and major destinations around the world, especially to and from Western countries.

5. Akanu Ibiam International Airport

This airport is one of the five international airports in the country and operated by FAAN.

The Akanu Ibiam International Airport is located in Enugu, reputed as the ‘coal city’ alluding to the days of old when it was the centre of a flourishing coal mining industry.

This list is adapted from the website of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN.

On the other hand, domestic airports provide services for only travels within Nigeria — i.e. between states. I combed the FAAN website and got the list I reproduced in another post on the blog. Read it here.


There are 5 international airports in Nigeria, namely:

  1. Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos
  2. Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja
  3. Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano
  4. Port Harcourt International Airport, Port Harcourt
  5. Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu

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