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Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport
Malami Aminu Kano Filin Jirgin Sama (Hausa)
Airport type Public/Military
Owner/Operator Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN)
Serves Kano, Nigeria
Elevation AMSL 1,562 ft / 476 m
Coordinates 12°02′55″N 8°31′20″E / 12.04861°N 8.52222°E / 12.04861; 8.52222
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</div>Location of the airport in Nigeria
Direction Length Surface
m ft
05/23 2,451 8,041 Asphalt
06/24 3,301 10,830 Asphalt
Statistics (2015)
Passengers 389,530
Passenger change 14–15 Decrease10.1%
Sources: FAAN[1] WAD[2] GCM[3] Google Maps[4]

Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport (IATA: KAN, ICAO: DNKN) is an airport serving Kano, the capital city of Kano State of Nigeria. It was a Royal Air Force station before the country became independent. It is the main airport serving northern Nigeria and was named after politician Aminu Kano. The airport has an international and a domestic terminal. Construction started on a new domestic terminal and was commissioned on 23 May 2011. In 2009, the airport handled 323,482 passengers. The bulk of international flights cater to the large Lebanese community in Kano and Muslim pilgrimages to Mecca.


Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport is the oldest in Nigeria and the first aircraft landed in Nigeria was landed in Kano 1922,with operations starting in 1936. In the first decades of operation, it became an important fuel stop for airlines flying long-haul services between Europe and Africa. Newer aircraft did not need such fuel stops and, with the demise of the Kano economy in the late 20th century, many international airlines stopped serving the airport. When they indefinitely suspended services to Kano in June 2012, KLM was the only European airline serving Kano, which they had done without interruption since 1947.[5]


The airport 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. Runway 05/23 was in use for all operations when the main runway was rehabilitated in the beginning of the 21st century. The terminal facilities lie between the two runways.

The Kano VOR-DME (ident: KAN) and non-directional beacons (idents: KO and AO) are located on the field.[6][7][8]

The main terminal with the control tower serves international flights and domestic services operated by Arik Air. 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. There is a small bar and a post office in the arrivals hall. On the south side of the airport, along runway 06/24, is the domestic terminal currently serving operations of 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 abandoned but was resumed. The operator of the airport, Federal Airports Authority Nigeria (FAAN), saw the completion of the new terminal in November 2009. It was commissioned on May 2011.[1]

Airlines and destinationsEdit


Airlines Destinations
Aero Contractors Lagos

Air Peace Abuja, Lagos

Azman Air Abuja, Lagos, Gombe, Kebbi, Port Harcourt

Badr Airlines Khartoum
Dornier Aviation Nigeria Seasonal charter: Jeddah

EgyptAir Cairo

Ethiopian Airlines Addis Ababa

Eritrean Airlines Asmara, Khartoum[9]

Flynas Jeddah[10]

Kabo Air Seasonal charter: Jeddah

Max Air Abuja, Lagos
Seasonal charter: Jeddah

Med-View Airline Lagos, Jeddah

Saudia Medina, Jeddah

Sudan Airways Khartoum

Tarco Airlines Khartoum
Tchadia Airlines N'Djamena[11]


Airlines Destinations
EgyptAir Cairo

Saudia Cargo Jeddah

Turkish Airlines Cargo Dakar–Senghor, Istanbul-Atatürk[12]


These data show number of passengers movements into the airport, according to the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria's Aviation Sector Summary Reports.

Year 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Passengers 302,017 349,057 381,862 363,290 341,367 381,841 448,792 369,132 327,267 433,263 389,530
Growth (%) Increase 3.13% Increase15.58% Increase 9.40% Decrease 4.86% Decrease 6.03% Increase11.86% Increase17.53% Decrease17.75% Decrease11.34% Increase32.39% Decrease10.09%
Source: Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN). Aviation Sector Reports (2010-2013,[13] 2014,[14] Q3-Q4 of 2015,[15] and Q1-Q2 of 2016,[16])


  • On 24 June 1956, a BOAC four-engine Canadair C-4 Argonaut airliner crashed on departure from Kano International. Of the 45 passengers and crew on board, only 13 survived.
  • On 22 January 1973, the Kano Air Disaster occurred - an Alia Boeing 707-320C crashed at Kano International while attempting to make a landing in high winds. 176 of the 202 passengers and crew on board were killed. It was and remains the worst aviation disaster in the history of Nigeria.
  • On 4 May 2002, EAS Airlines Flight 4226, a BAC 1-11-500 twin-engine jet crashed upon take-off from Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, killing 71 passengers and crew on board as well as 78 more on the ground into whose houses the plane had crashed.[17]


PD-icon.svg This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website

  1. 1.0 1.1 FAAN Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport Archived 4 November 2016 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. Airport information for DNKN at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.Source: DAFIF.
  3. Airport information for KAN at Great Circle Mapper.
  4. Google Maps - Kano
  5. "KANO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT – From Grace to Grass and Back Again". JetLife Nigeria. 10 July 2013. Archived from the original on 3 March 2015. 
  6. "Kano NDB (KO) @ OurAirports".,lon=8.51648998260498,zoom=10,type=Satellite. 
  7. "Kano NDB (AO) @ OurAirports".,lon=8.541740417480469,zoom=10,type=Satellite. 
  8. "Kano VOR-DME (KAN) @ OurAirports".,lon=8.496060371398926,zoom=10,type=Satellite. 
  10. Flynas begin service to Kano
  11. "Tchadia Airlines outlines planned network from Oct 2018". Retrieved 26 September 2018. 
  12. Turkish Airlines Cargo begin new route Istanbul-Kano-Dakar-Istanbul from January 2018
  13. Passenger Only Aviation Data Report 2010-13 to Q1 2014
  14. Aviation Sector Summary Report Q4 2014 - Q1 2015
  16. Nigerian Aviation Sector Summary Report: Q1-Q2 2016
  17. Nigerian Sports Minister, 146 Others Feared Dead in Air Crash Archived 13 December 2004 at the Wayback Machine.

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