Do you know which airports have the longest airport runways in Nigeria? If you don’t, read this post to find out the top 10. The length of airport runways is mostly based on the weight of the weight or size of the aircraft that’ll be using it. Muritala Muhammed International Airport at Lagos has the longest airport runway in Nigeria while Upington Airport in South Africa has the longest runway in the whole of Africa. Most of the airports in Nigeria are named after key personalities that left a positive mark in the history of the country.
READ ALSO: Top 10 Best Airports In Africa
Top 10 Longest Airport Runways In Nigeria
#10 Margaret Ekpo International Airport, Calabar: 2450m, 8038 ft
Margaret Ekpo International Airport is situated at New Ikang Road, Cross River and serves the city of Calabar. The airport has one of the longest runways in Nigeria with a length of 2450 metres. The airport is also popularly recognised as Calabar Airport.
#9 Kaduna International Airport, Kaduna: 3000m, 9843 ft
Kaduna International Airport situated in the capital of Kaduna is one of the oldest airports in the country. Kaduna Airport is an international airport serving Kaduna and its environs.
#8 Port Harcourt International Airport, Rivers: 3000m, 9843 ft
Port Harcourt International Airport (PHIA) is the largest Airport in Rivers State and is located in Omagwa, Port Harcourt. It is one of the most important airports in Nigeria that affects the economy of the country as the location it is in is the centre of Nigeria’s oil and gas industry. It has only one terminal for both residents and foreigners.
#7 Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu: 3000m, 9843 ft
Akanu Ibiam International Airport is named after Late RH Sir Akanu Ibiam who was the first General Governor of the old Eastern Region and is located in Enugu. The airport is also known as Enugu Airport and is operated by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria.
#6 Sadiq Abubakar III International Airport, Sokoto: 3000m, 9843 ft
Sadiq Abubakar III International airport which is also known as Sultan Saddiq Abubakar Airport serves the city of Sokoto and is popular for Muslims going on a pilgrimage for Hajj. Its airport runway is the same length and feet as that of PHIA.
#5 Ilorin Airport, Kwara: 3100m, 10171 ft
Ilorin Airport is situated in Ilorin Southwest, Kwara state and it has been in existence since the 70s. It serves Ilorin and its environs and is the fourth-longest airport runway in Nigeria at 3100 metres. It also serves people in the North Central region of the country.
#4 Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport (MAKIA), Kano: 3301m, 10830 ft
Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport is popularly recognized as one of the oldest airports in Nigeria. It is also widely used by people living in the Northern region of Nigeria that want to travel out of the country. MAKIA is the fourth airport in Nigeria and has two airport runways with the longest runway at 3301 metres. Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport was majorly used by the Royal Air force for departure and arrival when it was first built. It was later that civilians were allowed to make use of it. Currently, the airport serves both military and civilian travellers.
#3 Bauchi State International Airport, Bauchi: 3400m, 11155 ft
Bauchi State International Airport also called Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Airport is located in Bauchi and serves Bauchi city. IT has the third-longest airport runway in the country at 3400m and was built to replace the old airport in Bauchi State. It would surprise you to know that this airport was built within just 18 months.
#2 Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja: 3610m, 11844 ft
Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport is situated in Ring Road 4, Abuja and it is the second busiest airport in Nigeria. The airport has the second-longest runway in Nigeria at 3610 metres. The airport was named after the late Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe, has two terminals; one for domestic flights and the other one for international flights and one for the runway.
#1 Muritala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos: 3900m, 12795 ft
Muritala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, located in Ikeja is the busiest airport in the country and Nigeria’s largest Airport. MMIA is also one of the largest airports in Africa. The airport also has the longest runway in Nigeria and operates 24 hours daily due to the large number of travellers that make use of it.
In summary, the top 10 longest airport runways in Nigeria are:
- Muritala Muhammed International Airport
- Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport
- Bauchi State International Airport
- Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport
- Ilorin Airport
- Sadiq Abubakar III International Airport
- Akanu Ibiam International Airport
- Port Harcourt International Airport
- Kaduna International Airport
- Margaret Ekpo International Airport