The Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja named after the first Governor General and president of Nigeria, serves both international and domestic passengers. The airport is located some 40 kilometers from Abuja City Centre on the highway from Abuja City to Gwagwalada.
The planning of the airport is developed in phases without serious interruptions to operations. At present, phase 1 and the presidential wing of the airport has been developed while phase 2 is under construction. Phase 1 consists of the cargo terminal, which is being used as the domestic terminal for now, the runway, the control tower and air traffic control.
The presidential wing comprises a taxiway linking the runway, Presidential Hanger, guest chalet and the Presidential Lounge which is fully developed. Phase II of the airport currently under construction comprises a parallel taxiway, the first module of the international terminal building, fire station, protocol lounge, access roads and the linking of the international and presidential wings with water lines from water scheme services. Work is almost completed on this aspect of the airport. While Lagos has the largest airport in Nigeria, the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, run by the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), is next in importance.