Murtala Muhammed International Airport

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Murtala Muhammed
International Airport
Location of Airport in Lagos
Airport type Public
Owner/Operator Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN)
Serves Lagos
Location Ikeja, Nigeria
Hub for
Elevation AMSL 135 ft / 41 m
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Direction Length Surface
m ft
18R/36L 3,900 12,794 Asphalt
18L/36R 2,743 8,999 Asphalt
Statistics (2011)
Passengers 6,748,290 Increase 7.6%[1]
Economic impact $711 million[2]
Social impact 123.3 thousand[2]
Sources:[3] and DAFIF[4][5]

Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA)[3] (IATA: LOSICAO: DNMM) is an international airport located in Ikeja, Lagos State, Nigeria, and is the major airport serving the city of Lagos.


Lagos Airport in 1969. International terminal (right) and Domestic terminal (left).

The airport at Ikeja near Lagos was built during World War II. West African Airways Corporation was formed in 1947 and had its main base at Ikeja. De Havilland Doves were initially operated on WAACs Nigerian internal routes and then West African services.[6] Larger Douglas Dakotas were added to the Ikeja-based fleet from 1957.[7]

Originally known as Lagos International Airport,[8] it was renamed in the mid 1970s, during construction of the new international terminal, after a former Nigerian military head of state Murtala Muhammed. The international terminal was modelled after Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. The new terminal opened officially on 15 March 1979. It is the main base for Nigeria's flag carrier airlines, Aero and Arik Air.

Murtala Muhammed International Airport consists of an international and a domestic terminal, located about one kilometre from each other. Both terminals share the same runways. This domestic terminal used to be the old Ikeja Airport. International operations moved to the new international airport when it was ready while domestic operations moved to the Ikeja Airport, which became the domestic airport. The domestic operations were relocated to the old Lagos domestic terminal in 2000 after a fire. A new domestic privately funded terminal known as MMA2 has been constructed and was commissioned on 7 April 2007.

In 2010, the airport served 6,273,545 passengers.[9]

International Terminal.

During the late 1980s and 1990s, the international terminal had a reputation of being a dangerous airport. From 1992 through 2000, the US Federal Aviation Administration posted warning signs in all US international airports advising travelers that security conditions at Lagos Airport did not meet ICAO minimum standards. In 1993, the FAA suspended air service between Lagos and the United States. During this period, security at LOS continued to be a serious problem.[10] Travelers arriving in Lagos were harassed both inside and outside of the airport terminal by criminals. Airport staff contributed to its reputation. Immigration officers required bribes before stamping passports, while customs agents demanded payment for nonexistent fees. In addition, several jet airplanes were attacked by criminals who stopped planes taxiing to and from the terminal and robbed their cargo holds. Many travel guides suggested that Nigeria-bound travelers fly into Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport in Kano and take domestic flights or ground transportation into Lagos.[citation needed]

Following Olusegun Obasanjo's democratic election in 1999, the security situation at Lagos began to improve. Airport police instituted a "shoot on sight" policy for anyone found in the secure areas around runways and taxiways, stopping further airplane robberies. Police secured the inside of the terminal and the arrival areas outside. The FAA ended its suspension of direct flights to Nigeria in 2001 in recognition of these security improvements.[citation needed] By 2010, the FAA had granted the airport its highest safety rating.[10]

Recent years have seen substantial improvements at Murtala Muhammed International Airport. Malfunctioning and non-operational infrastructure such as air conditioning and luggage belts have been repaired. The entire airport has been cleaned, and many new restaurants and duty-free stores have opened. Bilateral Air Services Agreements signed between Nigeria and other countries are being revived and new ones signed. These agreements have seen the likes of Emirates, Ocean Air, Delta and China Southern Airlines express interest and receive landing rights to Nigeria's largest international airport.

Airlines and destinations


Airlines Destinations Terminal
Aero Contractors Accra INTL
Aero Contractors Abuja, Asaba, Benin City, Calabar, Enugu, Kano, Owerri, Port Harcourt, Uyo MMA2
Africa World Airlines Accra INTL
Air France Paris-Charles de Gaulle INTL
Air Peace Abuja, Asaba, Calabar, Enugu, Kebbi, Owerri, Port Harcourt MMA2
Arik Air Abidjan, Accra, Banjul, Cotonou, Douala , Freetown (suspended),[11] Johannesburg-OR Tambo, London-Heathrow, Luanda, Monrovia,[11] New York-JFK INTL
Arik Air Abuja, Asaba, Benin City, Calabar, Enugu, Jos, Kaduna, Kano, Owerri, Port Harcourt, Uyo, Warri MMA1 pll
ASKY Airlines Lomé[12] INTL
Azman Air Abuja, Kano MMA2
British Airways London-Heathrow INTLl
Camair-Co Douala (suspended) INTL
Dana Air Abuja, Port Harcourt, Uyo MMA2
Dana Air Accra INTL
Delta Air Lines Atlanta INTL
DiscoveryAir Nigeria Abuja MMA2
EgyptAir Cairo INTL
Emirates Dubai-International INTL
Ethiopian Airlines Addis Ababa INTL
Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi INTL
First Nation Airways Abuja, Port Harcourt MMA2
Iberia Madrid INTL
Kenya Airways Nairobi-Jomo Kenyatta INTL
KLM Amsterdam INTL
Lufthansa Frankfurt INTL
Med-View Airline Accra, London–Gatwick,[13]Jeddah INTL
Med-View Airline Abuja, Enugu, Port Harcourt, Yola,Kano MMA2
Middle East Airlines Beirut INTL
Overland Airways Asaba, Ibadan, Ilorin MMA1
Qatar Airways Doha INTL
Royal Air Maroc Casablanca INTL
Rwandair Kigali INTL
South African Airways Johannesburg-OR Tambo INTL
Turkish Airlines Istanbul-Atatürk INTL
United Airlines Houston-Intercontinental INTL
Virgin Atlantic London-Heathrow INTL


Airlines Destinations
Air France Cargo N'djamena, Paris-Charles de Gaulle
Allied Air Ostend/Bruges
Cargolux Luxembourg
DHL Aviation
operated by ABX Air
Accra, Bamako, Brussels
Emirates SkyCargo Dubai-Al Maktoum
Ethiopian Airlines Cargo Accra, Addis Ababa, Kigali, Liège, London-Heathrow[14]
Etihad Cargo Abu Dhabi, Nairobi-Jomo Kenyatta[15]
Lufthansa Cargo Frankfurt, Johannesburg-OR Tambo
Qatar Airways Cargo Accra, Doha
Saudia Cargo Dubai-Al Maktoum, Jeddah, Nairobi-Jomo Kenyatta, Riyadh, Sharjah[16]
Singapore Airlines Cargo Amsterdam, Nairobi-Jomo Kenyatta, Sharjah, Singapore[17]
Turkish Airlines Cargo Dubai-Al Maktoum, Istanbul-Atatürk[18]


Ticketing Hall in Domestic Terminal.

The airport includes the headquarters of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria.[19] It also houses the head office of the Accident Investigation Bureau.[20] The Lagos office of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority is located in Aviation House on the grounds of the airport.[21]

Arik Air's head office is in the Arik Air Aviation Center on the grounds of the airport.[22] Aero Contractors has its head office in the Private Terminal of the Domestic Wing at Murtala Muhammed International Airport.[23][24]

At one time Nigeria Airways had its head office in Airways House on the airport property.[25] Prior to its disestablishment Afrijet Airlines had its head office in the NAHCO Building on the grounds of the airport.[26]


Main Departures Hall in Domestic Terminal.
Statistics for Murtala Muhammed International Airport[9][27]
Year Total passengers  % Increase Freight (tons) Total Aircraft movements
2003 3,362,464 -% 51,826 62,439
2004 3,576,189 6% 89,496 67,208
2005 3,817,338 6.3% 63,807 70,893
2006 3,848,757 0.8% 83,598 74,650
2007 4,162,424 7.5% 81,537
2008 5,136,920 23.4% 77,472
2009 5,644,572 9.9% 84,588
2010 6,273,545 11.1% 96,919
2011 6,748,290 7.6% 105,215
2012 6,879,286 2.0%
2013 7,261,178 5.6%

Incidents and accidents

  • On 20 November 1969, Nigeria Airways Flight 825 crashed while on approach to Ikeja International Airport. All 87 passengers and crew on board were killed.
  • Early in 1981,[28] Douglas C-47B 5N-ARA of Arax Airlines was damaged beyond repair in an accident and was subsequently reduced to spares.[29]
  • On 26 September 1992, a Nigerian Air Force C-130 Hercules crashed three minutes after take-off in the nearby Ejigbo canal. Three engines failed, high take-off weight. All 158 people on board were killed.
  • On 11 November 1996, ADC Airlines Flight 86, a Boeing 727-231 was approaching the airport whilst avoiding a potential collision the 727 pilots took evasive action but overcompensated: within sixteen seconds the plane was flying upside down approaching Mach 1. The inverted aircraft disintegrated on impact, near Ejirin, killing all 153 passengers and crew.
  • On 28 November 2003, Lagos control cleared Hydro Air 501, a Boeing 747-200 from Brussels Airport for a landing at Runway 19R. The aircraft ended up hitting a stack of asphalt, then slewed left with its first engine in contact with the surface until the nose wheel came to rest in a drainage ditch. The Ministry of Aviation report concluded that the cause of the accident was that the aircraft was cleared to land on a runway that was "supposed" to have been closed.
  • On 22 October 2005, Bellview Airlines Flight 210, bound for Abuja, crashed after takeoff, killing all 117 people on board.[30]
  • On 3 June 2012, Dana Air Flight 992 crashed in close proximity of the airport. The plane, a McDonnell Douglas MD-83, is reported to have banked sharply prior to attempting to land at LOS, subsequently crashing in the nearby residential area of Agege, killing all 153 passengers and crew on board and 10 others on the ground.[31]
  • On 3 October 2013, Associated Aviation Flight 361 crashed shortly after takeoff. The plane was a Embraer EMB 120 Brasilia. 15 people died and 5 people survived the incident.[32]


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