How Many Airports Are in Nigeria?

Boarding an airplane is one of the fastest ways to get to your destination in time. However, before you can even board a plane in Nigeria you must know how many airports are available and where they are located.

How Many Airports Are in Nigeria?

Nigeria has a total of 32 airports. Out of these 32 airports, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) owns 26, and five of them are international airports. It has a state-owned airport as well in Akwa Ibom State.

Nigeria also has airstrips/airfields around the country. They are mainly built by multinational oil companies and the Nigerian Air Force. There is only one private-public partnership airport in Nigeria, and it is operated by the Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Ltd- Murtala Muhammed Airport Two.

List of International Airports in Nigeria

Lagos — Murtala Muhammed International Airport

This is Nigerian’s largest and busiest airport and it’s located in Lagos. This airport has two terminals. One of the terminals is the International and Cargo terminal and it opens for 24 hours daily, while the other one is the Domestic terminal and it opens for 16 hours daily.

Abuja Federal Capital Territory — Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport

This is Nigeria’s second busiest airport. It was built in early 2000 and two years later (2002) it was opened. This airport is located in the Federal Capital Territory, and it is one of the best in Nigeria.

Kano — Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport

This is one of Nigeria’s oldest international airports. This Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport is located in Kano, and it was remodeled and commissioned on March 15, 2015, by HRH, Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi. This airport was given a new look.

Port Harcourt — Port Harcourt International Airport

This airport plays an important role in our economy. Port Harcourt International Airport allows direct air connections between the country and major flight destinations around the world, especially Western countries.

Enugu — Akanu Ibiam International Airport

This is one of the five airports that is operated by FAAN in Nigeria. It is located in Enugu, a city known as the ‘coal city’ due to it being the center of the flourishing coal mining industry back in the old days.

List of Domestic Airports in Nigeria

  • Anambra, Anambra — Anambra International Airport
  • Ilorin, Kwara — Ilorin International Airport
  • Kaduna, Kaduna — Kaduna International Airport
  • Sokoto, Sokoto  — Sadiq Abubakar III International Airport
  • Asaba, Delta — Asaba International Airport
  • Bauchi,  Bauchi — Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Airport
  • Benin, Edo — Benin Airport
  • Calabar, Cross River — Margaret Ekpo International Airport
  • Ibadan,  Oyo — Ibadan Airport
  • Jos, Plateau — Yakubu Gowon Airport
  • Maiduguri, Borno — Maiduguri International Airport
  • Owerri, Imo — Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport (SMICA)
  • Uyo, Akwa Ibom — Akwa Ibom International Airport
  • Yola, Adamawa — Yola Airport
  • Akure, Ondo — Akure Airport
  • Bauchi,  Bauchi  — Bauchi State Airport
  • Gombe, Gombe — Lawanti International Airport
  • Birnin Kebbi — Kebbi International Airport
  • Dutse, Jigawa — Dutse International Airport
  • Jalingo, Taraba  — Jalingo Airport
  • Katsina, Katsina — Katsina Airport
  • Makurdi, Benue — Makurdi Airport
  • Minna, Niger — Minna Airport
  • Warri, Delta—  Airport
  • Yenagoa, Bayelsa — Bayelsa International Airport
  • Zaria, Kaduna — Zaria Airport

List of Airstrips in Nigeria

  • Ajaokuta — Ajaokuta Airstrip
  • Azare, Bauchi — Azare Airstrip
  • Bacita, Kwara — Bacita Airstrip
  • Bajoga, Gombe — Bajoga Northeast Airport
  • Bebi, Cross River — Bebi Airstrip
  • Bida, Niger — Bida Airstrip
  • Eket, Akwa Ibom — Eket Airstrip
  • Escravos — Delta Escravos Airstrip
  • Gusau, Zamfara — Gusau Airstrip
  • Nguru, Yobe — Nguru Airstrip
  • Potiskum, Yobe — Airstrip
  • Shiroro, Niger — Shiroro Airstrip
  • Tuga, Kebbi — Tuga Airstrip

List of Military Airports in Nigeria

  • Katsina  Katsina — Katsina Air Force Base
  • Makurdi Benue — Makurdi Air Force Base
  • Port Harcourt Rivers — Port Harcourt NAF Base
  • Kaduna Kaduna — Kaduna Air Force Base

How to Book a Flight Online in Nigeria

Visit the booking website you want to use. You can make a quick search online to find different booking websites you can use. Most booking sites have all you’ll need to do on their homepage.

  1. Pick your departure and then your arrival location
  2. Input the age and number of people you want to book the flight for
  3. If you’re going on a round trip you’ll pick the date you’ll depart and return

4 . Select business class or economy (business class is more expensive)

  1. Provide your details (name, phone number, address, and so on)
  2. Make payment via your ATM card or third-party platforms like Paga, eTranzact, and so on. If you can’t use any of these methods you can also pay through your bank. Follow the instructions on your screen on how to pay through the bank.
  3. After booking a flight you’ll be given a reference ID which is a string of letters and numbers. Make sure you keep it safe because you’ll present it at the airport.


Boarding a plane makes your traveling less stressful due to the speed of airplanes. We made sure to provide you with the necessary information so you can be well informed and make the right decision.

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