The Murtala Muhammed International Airport is the main and busiest airport in Nigeria. It is based in the Lagos state of the country. Lagos is no longer an up and coming city. It is already there, being one of the most well developed cities in Africa, and the world, with an envious skyline. Lagos is a metropolitan city offering world class standards, while not losing its African heritage.
The airport derives its name from a former head of state. It had previously been known as the Lagos International Airport and was built during World War 2 with additions been done to the airport in the 1970’s.
The Murtala Muhammed International Airport has had a history of being associated with criminal activities but this has drastically changed since the 2000’s. A successful democratic election in Nigeria was the contributing factor to this positive change. The security improvements also meant that the FAA lifted its suspension of direct flights into the country. By the end of that decade Lagos Airport had the FAA’s highest safety rating.
Airport services has also undergone a major overhaul with air-conditioning being repaired to make the airport more comfortable for passengers along with repairs to the luggage carousel. The airport plans to expand the arrivals and departures terminal to be able to better keep up with the expanding number of passengers into and out of Lagos. The arrivals hall contains the information desk which can be utilized for any further information when visiting the airport.
The airport services around 10 million passengers every year. Noted airlines which have their hub at Lagos Airport are Nigeria Airlines, Arik Air and Aero Contractors. In total there are 40 airlines flying passengers to over 60 destinations around the globe.
The Murtala Muhammed International Airport operates both a domestic and international terminal. They are not situated directly next to each other and have around 0.6 miles between them.
Lagos Airport is quickly catching up with international standards when it comes to airport facilities.
- A meet and greet lounge can be used for welcoming back passengers.
- Prayer rooms are available for some quiet spiritual time.
- The airport is disability friendly.
- A VIP Lounge is operated at the domestic terminal. It is open from 6:30 in the morning until the last flight of the day. The international terminal has 5 lounges namely British Airways Executive Lounge, Skyway Premium Lounge, Oasis Lounge, Club Class Lounge and the SDS Sky Lounge.
- Several dining options are available to passengers and visitors at the food court at Lagos Airport. They generally stay open until the last flight departs.
- The international terminal houses a bank where currency exchange can be done. There is also a post office located here.
- Free Wi-Fi is available at the airport lounges
- Shopping opportunities include electronic, health care and jewellery accessories.
The Lagos city centre is less than an hour away from the Murtala Muhammed International Airport. It is recommended to rent out a vehicle or to take a taxi.
The Murtala Muhammed International Airport does not house a hotel on site though Lagos does have some pretty amazing options to choose from around the city.