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The Abuja Airport known as Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport is the main airport that serves the Federal Capital Territory. It is a public airport operated by Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN)
The Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport has an international terminal and a domestic terminal. The two terminals share a common run way. There are ongoing plans to build a second run way.
AIRPORT TO CITY CENTRE – The Abuja Airport is located about 40kilometres from the city centre on the way to Gwagwalada. It takes about 25 – 30 minutes to drive from the Central Business District to the airport.
AIRPORT ROAD – The road to the Abuja airport was recently expanded. The road was expanded from the previous four lanes to ten lanes. This has removed the occasional traffic jam previously experienced on the road making drive to and from the Abuja airport smooth and traffic free.
However in the morning hours from about 6.30am to 10.00am there is more traffic on the lanes from Airport into the town; while later in the day from about 3.30pm to 6.30pm there is more traffic on the lanes from town to the airport. The reason is that a number of people who live in the settlements along the airport road work in the city center.
ABUJA – AIRFARES
The airfare to Abuja depends on where you are coming from and the airline you are using. The starting price for return ticket (round trip) to Abuja are as follows;
Cities in Nigeria – N40,000 (about 240 USD)
New York – 1000 USD
Washington Dc – 1100 USD
Ghana – 400 USD
South Africa – 500 USD
Dubia – 900 USD
London – 800 USD
AERO Airline Nigeria operates flight to and from Abuja, you can get cheap airfares to and from Abuja when you book online.
Airlines…The main airlines that operate at the Abuja airport includes;
AIRPORT CABS – There are organized and registered airport cabs that can take you from the airport to the city centre or any of the neighboring towns. The prize for cab to the city centre is between N3000 (three thousand Nigerian Naira, about 20 USD) to N5000 (Five thousand Nigerian Naira, about 30 USD) depending on where you are going. You can also get taxis if you stand near the airport exit at a cheaper price but this is not advisable especially if you are visiting the town for the first time.
The Abuja International airport has spacious and comfortable departure lounges both at the international terminal and at the domestic terminals. There are also a couple of eateries within the airport. You will also find shops where you can buy books, newspapers and other minor items.
There is a car park for private cars which is free but there is a toll of N100 to N500 (depending on your car type) at the gate when entering the airport. Overnight parking of cars at the car park is not allowed, this attracts a fine from the airport authorizes.
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