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Airport Guide for Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport

The city of Abuja, The city of Abuja is served by the international airport called Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport. This airport is the main facility that is serving the passenger freight to and from the Nigerian capital city. It was named after Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe, who was the first Nigerian president. In the year 2009, Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport managed around 3,196,438 passengers, from which onwards passenger traffic has consistently increased. The airport is constantly undergoing improvements and upgrading its structures to entertain more flights and tourists. Contracts valued USD 101 million have been signed which include the construction of new airport terminals and a runway. A plan to build an airport hotel is also underway. Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport serves as the headquarters of Nigerian Civil Aviation Authorities.

Passenger Terminals

Currently the Nnamdi International Airport is equipped with two passenger terminals, namely the International Terminal and the Domestic Terminal. The International Terminal is solely used to cater the international flights from various parts of the world while the domestic terminal manages the domestic flights with some of the transit flights. After landing of an international flight, passengers are taken to the arrival section of the passenger terminal.

Passenger Terminals

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Checking In

As passengers enter the arrival section of the international terminal, they face checking-in desks. Passengers are required to reach the desk of their respective airline and flight to check in. Passengers are asked to show relevant documents including the tickets to receive the checking in stamps. After checking in, passengers can move into the arrival area.

Customs and Immigration

At the immigration department, passengers need to show their visa documentation and have a digital photograph taken. Afterwards they can move to the custom department where the luggage is scanned and checked.

Arrival Lounges

Arrival lounges at Nnamdi International Airport are equipped with services for the disabled as well. You can sit in the comfortable and air conditioned lounges and read magazines and newspapers. Televisions are installed and there are rest room and showering facilities available. Passengers on transit are also required to spend their transit time in the arrival lounges.


Wi-Fi connectivity is not available for passengers at Nnamdi International Airport. Payphones are installed on both terminals from where local and international calls can be made. Mobile phone connections can also be bought from the airport.

Food and Drinks

Small restaurants and tuck shops are located on the international terminal from where you can have snacks and fast food. Tea and coffee is also easily available on the terminal. Smoking is not allowed on the airport and all of it is a smoke free area.

Duty Free Area

Duty free services are at Nnamdi International Airport, located near the arrival lounges. The duty free area contains a range of shops that offer local and international products at duty free rates. You can buy perfumes, souvenirs, handmade products and all essentials from this duty free area.

Currency Exchange

There are ATMs installed at the passenger terminal for the convenience of the passengers. All major debit and credit cards can easily be operated. Banking facilities are also provided and branches of banks are located on both the terminals. Exchange bureau is also located on the airport from where you can have your currency exchanged.


Luggage can be collected from the conveyer belt area. Lost and Found Department is also located in the luggage claim area which you can reach in case of missing and damaged luggage. After collecting the luggage, you can exit the airport through the gates that open in the parking area.

Moving out of the Airport

You can exit the airport through the parking area. From there you may hire a taxi which can drive you to your hotel or any other address.

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