|Owner/Operator||Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN)|
|Location||Ikeja, Lagos State, Nigeria|
|Elevation AMSL||135 ft / 41 m|
Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) (IATA: LOS, ICAO: DNMM) is an international airport located in Ikeja, Lagos State, Nigeria, and is the major airport serving the entire state. The airport was initially built during World War II and is named after Murtala Muhammed, the fourth military ruler of Nigeria.
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. Larger Douglas Dakotas were added to the Ikeja-based fleet from 1957.
Originally known as Lagos International Airport, 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 largest airline, 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.
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. 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.
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. By 2010, the FAA had granted the airport its highest safety rating.
In 2010, the airport served 6,273,545 passengers.
Recent years[when?] have seen substantial improvements at Murtala Muhammed International Airport. Malfunctioning and non-operational infrastructures 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.
|Aero Contractors||Abuja, Asaba, Benin City, Calabar, Enugu, Kano, Owerri, Port HarcourtOmagwa, Uyo|
|Air Côte d'Ivoire||Abidjan|
|Air France||ParisCharles de Gaulle|
|Air Namibia2||Accra, Windhoek-Hosea Kutako|
|Air Peace||Abuja, Accra, Akure, Asaba, Banjul, Calabar, DakarDiass, Enugu, Freetown, Ibadan, Kebbi, Owerri, Port HarcourtOmagwa|
|Africa World Airlines||Accra|
|Arik Air||Abidjan, Abuja, Accra, Asaba, Banjul, Benin City, Calabar, DakarDiass, Douala, Enugu, Freetown, Jos, Kaduna, Kano, Libreville, Luanda, Monrovia, Owerri, Port HarcourtOmagwa, Port HarcourtNAF, Uyo, Warri|
|ASKY Airlines||Accra, Conakry, Douala, Libreville, Lomé|
|Azman Air||Abuja, Kano|
|Dana Air||Abuja, Port HarcourtOmagwa, Uyo|
|Delta Air Lines||Atlanta, New YorkJFK|
|Ethiopian Airlines||Addis Ababa|
|Etihad Airways||Abu Dhabi|
|First Nation Airways||Abuja, Port HarcourtOmagwa (all flights suspended)|
|Guinea Airways||Conakry (begins 2 March 2019)|
|Kenya Airways||NairobiJomo Kenyatta|
|Med-View Airline||Abuja, Enugu, Jeddah, Kano, LondonGatwick, Port HarcourtOmagwa, Yola|
|Middle East Airlines||Abidjan, Beirut|
|Overland Airways||Asaba, Cotonou, Ibadan, Ilorin, Lomé|
|Royal Air Maroc||Casablanca|
|South African Airways||JohannesburgO.R. Tambo|
|TAAG Angola Airlines||Luanda|
|Turkish Airlines||Istanbul-Havaliman |
|Air France Cargo||N'Djamena, ParisCharles de Gaulle|
operated by ABX Air
|Accra, Bamako, Brussels|
|Emirates SkyCargo||DubaiAl Maktoum|
|Ethiopian Airlines Cargo||Accra, Addis Ababa, Kigali, Liège, LondonHeathrow, Miami, Santiago de Chile, São Paulo|
|Lufthansa Cargo||Frankfurt, JohannesburgO.R. Tambo|
|Qatar Airways Cargo||Accra, Doha|
|Saudia Cargo||DubaiAl Maktoum, Jeddah, NairobiJomo Kenyatta, Riyadh, Sharjah|
|Turkish Airlines Cargo||DubaiAl Maktoum, IstanbulAtatürk|
The airport includes the headquarters of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria. It also houses the head office of the Accident Investigation Bureau. The Lagos office of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority is located in Aviation House on the grounds of the airport.
Arik Air's head office is in the Arik Air Aviation Center on the grounds of the airport. Aero Contractors has its head office in the Private Terminal of the Domestic Wing at Murtala Muhammed International Airport.
At one time Nigeria Airways had its head office in Airways House on the airport property. Prior to its disestablishment Afrijet Airlines had its head office in the NAHCO Building on the grounds of the airport.
These data show number of passengers movements into the airport, according to the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria's Aviation Sector Summary Reports.
|Source: Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN). Aviation Sector Reports (2010-2013, 2014, Q3-Q4 of 2015, and Q1-Q2 of 2016,)|
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