Lagos International Airport (MMIA, Murtala Muhammed International Airport)

Murtala Muhammed International Airport is located in Ikeja, Lagos State, Nigeria, and is a major airport serving the state and the entire country.

The airport was initially built during World War II and is named after Murtala Muhammed, the fourth military administrator of Nigeria.

Murtala Muhammed Airport Lagos is the nation’s busiest airport – with two terminals – International and Cargo terminals open 24 hours daily while the domestic terminal opens 16 hours daily.

The MMIA is Nigeria’s premier international air gateway. The airport’s history dates back to pre-colonial times, around the time of the Second World War.

The current international airport terminal was built and commissioned over 40 years ago, in 1978.The terminal opened officially March,15,1979.

The airport had been known simply as the Lagos International Airport. It was however, re-named for the late Nigerian Head of State, General Murtala Muhammed, who died in 1976.

Code: LOS
Elevation: 41 m
Hub for: Aero Contractors, Arik Air, Azman Air, Med-View Airline, Air Peace, Dana Air, Ibom Air and others.
Serves: Ikeja, Lagos, Lekki

The airport terminal has been renovated several times since the 1970s but its most radical make over began in 2013, following the launch of the Federal government’s multi-billion naira Remodelling/ Rehabilitation Programme for its airports nationwide.

Under the re-modelling work there, by late 2014, the MMlA lounge area had been expanded to four times its previous size and new passenger handling conveyor systems installed which can handle over 1,000 passengers per hour.

Safety Concerns

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Make intentional effort to safeguard your baggage, do not leave any item with a stranger even in the airplane.

Aviation security officers have two broad responsibilities:

  1. To detect prohibited items, including unauthorised weapons, explosives and incendiary materials.
  2. To prevent these mentioned items from being carried onboard an aircraft or into a security restricted area.

For any lost item at the airport, kindly locate the stand of the Aviation Security and report the incident with them as there are security cameras to see the footage of what transpired.


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Flight Information

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Check notice boards and digital screens for information while at our airports.