Heavy Air Traffic Expected For Nigerian Presidential Inauguration 


Heavy air traffic expected for Nigerian Presidential Inauguration 

Abdul Oricha | - 05/26/2023
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Nigeria is preparing to inaugurate its 8th President, Bola Tinubu, on May 29. 

Africa’s largest democracy is anticipating heavy air traffic of foreign Heads of State and dignitaries ahead of the inauguration ceremony. 

Here’s what operators need to know before planning trips to Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, located approximately 20 km (12 miles) west of Nigeria’s capital, Abuja. 

Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport 

  •  IATA code: ABV  
  • ICAO code: DNAA  
  • Elevation: 1123 feet MSL (342 m MSL) 
  • Longitude: 007-15-47.4112E (7.26317) 
  • Latitude: 09-000-24.4446N (9.00679) 
  • Magnetic Variation: 0.2 W   
  • Runway 11844 x 148 feet / 3610 x 45 meters 
  • Fuel types: Jet A1 

Operational Information 

  • Landing permits, flight clearances, and diplomatic clearance are mandatory for all non-scheduled flights 
  • Diplomatic clearance for government related flights must be arranged via the related MOFA / embassy 
  • Not all expected aircraft can be accommodated on the ground in DNAA due to congestion 
  • Heads of States will be prioritized for parking and on first arrived, first allocated basis 
  • Other flights that cannot be accommodated at DNAA would be asked to drop off VIP and reposition to alternate airports such as DNKA, DNKN, DNMM  
  • Handling, ground transport, hotels, fueling, catering and other services will be overstretched during this period 
  • At present, there is an adequate supply of fuel at the various airports including DNAA and barring any unforeseen issues, suppliers should be able to cater for the needs of all visiting aircraft. Cards are not accepted here for payment, but operators should ensure to book their fuel, confirm, and have Fuel release double checked with local IPA to guarantee supply. Otherwise, the last resort will be cash payment 
  • Additional supervisions are recommended as a double check to service providers who will be overstretched at this period 
  • When repositioning to another airport becomes necessary, DNMM and DNKN are top recommendations. Avoid domestic airports which are not open 24 hours to ensure aircraft are safe. Fuel is also not readily available at a number of these domestic airports 
  • Abuja itself is generally safe, likewise Lagos, and the authorities are taking special precautions and additional security measures during this period. A lot of caution needs to be exercised if flying to airports in the Northeastern part of the country with a history of unease such as DNMA
  • DNAA and alternate airports DNKN and DNMM are not slot coordinated and open 24/7 
  • Landing permit lead time is 24 hours but can generally be obtained in six hours 

For support with your flight operations to Abuja, contact UAS