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Mallam Aminu Intl Airport

Coordinates: 12°02′51″N 008°31′28″E / 12.0475°N 8.52444°E / 12.0475; 8.52444

Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport
Airport type Public/Military
Owner/Operator Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN)
Serves Kano, Nigeria
Elevation AMSL 1,562 ft / 476 m
Direction Length Surface
m ft
05/23 2,451 8,040 Asphalt
06/24 3,301 10,831 Asphalt
Sources: FAAN and DAFIF

Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport (IATA: KAN, ICAO: DNKN) is located in Kano, a city in the Kano State of Nigeria. It is the main airport serving northern Nigeria and was named after Nigerian politician Aminu Kano. The airport consists of an international and a domestic terminal. Both terminals share the same runway. Construction started on a new domestic terminal, and is expected to be commissioned soon. In 2009, the airport handled 323, 482 passengers.


Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport is the oldest in Nigeria, with operations starting in 1936. In the first decades of operation the airport became an important fuel stop for airlines flying long-haul services between Europe and Africa. Newer aircraft however did not need such fuel stops any longer, and with the demise of the economy of Kano in the late 20th century, many international airlines stopped serving the airport. KLM is the only European airline currently serving Kano, which they have done without interruption since 1947. This makes KLM the longest serving foreign airline in Nigeria. Currently the bulk of international flights cater for the large Lebanese community in Kano and Muslim pilgrimages to Mecca.


The airport both serves civilian and military flights. Runway 06/24 is mainly used for civilian flights, while runway 05/23 primarily serves the Nigerian Air Force base at the south side of the airport. But runway 05/23 was in use for all operations, when the main runway was rehabilitated in the beginning of the 21st century. Between the two runways lie the terminal facilities.

The main terminal with the control tower serves international flights and domestic services operated by Arik Air and Nigerian Eagle Airlines. Facilities in the departure lounge are minimal, with a newsstand near the check-in counter, and a small bar at airside. There is a small VIP Lounge for business class passengers. Duty Free shops are currently closed. In the arrivals hall there is a small bar and a post office.

On the south side of the airport, along runway 06/24, is the domestic terminal currently serving operations of Bellview Airlines and IRS Airlines. Facilities include a newsstand and small bar.

Construction of a new domestic terminal, adjacent to the main terminal building, started in the beginning of the 21st century. Construction was however abandoned, but was resumed. The operator of the airport, Federal Airports Authority Nigeria (FAAN), saw the completion of the new terminal in November 2009 and is expects it to be commissioned soon.


Statistics for Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport
Year Total Passengers  % Increase Freight (tons) Total Aircraft Movements
2008 346,683
2009 323,482 (9.8%)

Airlines and destinations

Airlines Destinations
Arik Air Abuja, Lagos,
Dana Air Abuja, Lagos
EgyptAir Cairo
IRS Airlines Abuja, Lagos
Kabo Air Cairo, Dubai, Jeddah
KLM Amsterdam
Middle East Airlines Beirut
Saudi Arabian Airlines Jeddah
Sudan Airways Khartoum, Ndjamena


Airlines Destinations
Avient Aviation Liège, Sharjah

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General Info
Country Nigeria
Time UTC+1
Latitude 12.047589
12° 02' 51.32" N
Longitude 8.524622
008° 31' 28.64" E
Elevation 1562 feet
476 meters
Type Joint (Civil and Military)
Magnetic Variation 001° W (01/06)
Beacon Yes
Alternate Name KANO
Near City Kano
International Clearance Status Airport of Entry

KANO TWR 118.1
ATIS 123.6
KANO APP 124.1

ID Dimensions Surface PCN ILS
05/23 8040 x 148 feet
2451 x 45 meters
06/24 10831 x 197 feet
3301 x 60 meters

Type ID Name Channel Freq Distance From Field Bearing From Navaid
VOR-DME KAN KANO 072X 112.5 1.8 NM 067.3

MISC Rwy 05-23 VMC only.

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