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The Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja

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Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (IATA: ABV, ICAO: DNAA) is an international airport located in Abuja, FCT, Nigeria, and is the main airport serving the Nigerian capital city. It was named after Nigeria's first President, Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe. It consists of an international and a domestic terminal. Both terminals share the same runway. In 2009, the airport handled 3,196,438 passengers.

The Abuja Gateway Consortium signed on 13 November 2006 an USD101.1 million contract for the management of the airport over the next 25 years. The contract includes the construction of an airport hotel, private car parks, shopping malls and a bonded warehouse, totalling USD50 million, during its first five years in addition to an upfront payment of USD10 million. Total investments will according to the business plan amount to USD371 million during the period of the contract. However, president Yar'Adua revoked the contract on April 2008.

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority has its head office on the airport grounds

Plans call for construction of a second runway. The contract was awarded to Julius Berger for $423 million in April, but were revoked in June due to the high cost. The Federal Government approved fresh bids for construction of the second runway.


he planning of the airport is developed in phases without serious interruptions to operations. At present, phase 1 and the presidential wing of the airport has been developed while phase 11 is under construction. Phase 1 consists of the cargo terminal, which is being used as the domestic terminal for now, the runway, the control tower and the air traffic control station.

The presidential wing comprises a taxiway linking the runway, Presidential Hanger, guest chalet and the Presidential Lounge which is fully developed. Phase II of the airport currently under construction comprises a parallel taxiway, the first module of the international terminal building, fire fighting station, protocol lounge, access roads and the linking of the international and presidential wings with water lines from water scheme services. Work is almost completed on this aspect of the airport. While Lagos has the largest airport in Nigeria, the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, run by the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), is next in importance.

The German built international terminal gives you feeling of being in Hamburg or Stuttgart. There are presently international flights stopping over on the way to and from other destinations in the country.

As a way to ensure development of the operations of Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, was on November 13, 2006, taken over by AGC (Abuja Gateway Consortium) - a consortium made up of Gitto Construzioni Generali Nigeria ltd.(49.5%) Net Technologies ltd. (20%) Airline Services ltd. (British Airways, South African Airways, Lufthansa German Airlines, KLM Royal Dutch, Air France, Virgin Nigeria) and A.G. Ferrero (10%) and Airport Consulting Vienna GmbH – under a Public Private Partnership arrangement.



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