International airports in Nigeria are those airports in Nigeria offering custom and immigration services for passengers travelling into or going outside the country. The airports in Nigeria that can be said to be really international are 5 in number. These and the other airports are been owned and managed by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN). The 5 include the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Port Harcourt International Airport and the Akanu Ibiam International Airport. Each of the airports on our list of international airports in Nigeria will be discussed below.
1. MURTALA MUHAMMED INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Murtala Muhammed International Airport located in Ikeja, Lagos state is the best, busiest, largest airport in Nigeria. It was formally known as Lagos international airport before it was renamed to its current name. It was established during the Second World War. This international airport has both international and domestic terminal which are a kilometer apart from each other. However, both share the same runway. The domestic terminal is the old Ikeja Airport.
The airport houses the headquarters of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), the Accident and Investigation Bureau (AIB), Arik Air and Aero Contractors. It is also the home to the Lagos office of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA). In total, the airport had been associated with about 8 accidents and incidence.
2. NNAMDI AZIKIWE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Located in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport is the second busiest international airport in Nigeria (of course, the 2nd in the country). It was established in 2000 but commence operation in 2002 and it has both an International and domestic terminals which shares the same runway. This airport is said to be one of the best in the country.
3. PORT HARCOURT INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
This is an international airport in Nigeria located in Port Harcourt, Rivers state. It is the third busiest airports in Nigeria and it serves the city of Port Harcourt. The airport only has one flight terminal which serves both domestic and international flights. However, the facilities are separate.
This airport had it name associated with 3 accidents in total out of which the Sosoliso Air crash, one of the most popular aircraft accidents in Nigeria is among.
4. MALLAM AMINU KANO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
The Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport is the oldest airport in Nigeria; it had been in operation since 1936. This airport before independence serves as a Royal Air Force Station. Currently, it serves both civilian and military flights though they use separate runways. Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport Aminu Kano International airport has both an international and domestic wing; the airport is located in Kano state.
The bulk of international flights cater to the large Lebanese community in Kano and Muslim pilgrimages to Mecca. The airport had been associated with 3 accidents out of which one is the worst aviation disaster in the history of Nigeria (Kano Air Disaster).
5. AKANU IBIAM INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
This is the least busy of the international airports in Nigeria; it is also known as Enugu Airport and serves the capital city of Enugu and the surrounding towns.