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PHOTOS] The Region In Nigeria Where Numbers Of Airports Exceeds Numbers Of States

In Nigeria, South South region is a region with 6 states and the only region in Nigeria where all the states in the region have at least an airport to boost economy activities in the state.

Bayelsa State was the only state without an airport in the region until February 2020 when the ex Governor of the state Commissioned the airport he built before leaving office.

While Rivers State is the economy is hub of the region, Delta State is only state in Nigeria where you can find different Airports in the major cities of the state.

Below are the numbers of Airport in the South South region.

Uyo International Airport, Akwa Ibom State

Victor Attah International Airport Popularly called Uyo Airport is an airport serving Uyo, the capital of Akwa Ibom State in Nigeria. The airport is 24 kilometres (15 mi) southeast of Uyo, and 16 kilometres (9.9 mi) northwest of the river port of Oron.

The first phase of airport construction began in 2006 and was completed in 2009. Akwa Ibom Airport opened on September 23, 2009, and the first scheduled passenger service commenced on December 2, 2009, when Arik Air began offering flights to Abuja and Lagos. The second construction phase began in 2012, and included the completion of a maintenance, repair, and overhaul facility, the construction of an international terminal, and additional taxiways.

The airport was renamed after former Governor Obong Victor Attah by Governor Udom Emmanuel at a Banquet to honor the 80th birthday of Obong Attah on 24 November 2018.

Bayelsa International Airport, Bayelsa State

Bayelsa International Airport is the main airport serving Bayelsa State of Nigeria. Yenagoa is the capital city of the oil producing state. The airport which is the latest airport built in Nigeria is located at Amassoma, Southern Ijaw Local Government Area, Bayelsa State. The airport which was condemned by people before been built was commissioned in 2012 for construction by the state governor Seriake Dickson and was completed and Commissioned by Governor Seriake Dickson on February 2020 before he left office.

Bayelsa International Airport occupies 2,250 hectares of land. Two major helicopter operators were said to conduct operations in the airport before full operation. The airport was said to cost N60 billion to complete. It was built to improve the economy of the state as it will be used for local and international flights. The airport will be operated by the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria. The governor of the state also stated that the airport would be able to handle flights by aircrafts such as the Boeing 777.

Margaret Ekpo International Airport

Margaret Ekpo International Airport is located in Calabar, the capital of Cross River State.

The International Airport was named after a woman activist Chief (Mrs.) Margaret Ekpo for her selfless service to the country and to the Nigerian woman.

The Airport was officially commissioned on July 23, 1983 by the former President, Alhaji Shehu Shagari.

It is located at Akim Qua Town in Calabar the capital of Cross River State. The nearest community to the Airport is Ediba Qua Town.

Asaba International Airport, Delta State

Asaba International Airport is an airport in the Delta State capital that serve both Delta State and the Eastern Region., the Airport is located at the city entrance and is one of the legacy of ex Governor, Emmanuel Udughan.

The airport was opened with great expectations in 2013, but rapid deterioration of the new runway has required major restoration but all that were done with the coming in Okowa administration as the Airport is now of the busiest in Nigeria with directs flights to Lagos , Abuja and Kano

Warri Local Airport, Delta State

Osubi Airport, Popularly know and Called Warri Airport is an Airport located at Osubi town of Okpe local government area of Delta State.

The Airport is owned by shell when The federal government plans of building an airport here in the late 1970s in Warri to allow easy transport into Warri city by air because of its status as an oil city, languished for over two decades.

Meanwhile, people coming in and out of Warri continued to use the old airstrip in a congested part of the city ( Now Airport road in Warri South Local government area). The airstrip could only accommodate small aircraft on its short runway, so that whenever a plane took off or landed, the authorities had to close off an adjacent road to traffic so that a passing car would not be clipped.

Finding it harder and harder to conduct business with the old airstrip, Shell decided to build one on its own. The airport was commissioned and open for commercial use on 1 April 1999 with Shell (SPDC) landing a modern Dornier 328 and Aero Contractors 50-passenger Dash aircraft at the Osubi airport. Since the airstrip opened for public use, it is reckoned to be one of the busiest aviation facilities in Nigeria[5] and it is being operated in partnership with other oil companies.

The maintenance and facilities are among the best in the country and traffic flow is one of the highest. In the first six months of the opening of Osubi Airstrip, more than 100,000 passengers passed through just as it handled 3,500 aircraft movements.

The Delta State government is making plans with the airstrip operator Shell in upgrading and building a longer second runway of 3,700 metres (12,100 ft) due to the increase in air traffic with Areo contractor, Arik and Air peace are the airlines operating in the airport.

Benin Airport, Edo State

Benin Airport is one of the oldest airports in the Nigeria. The Airport was constructed in 1956 by the former Public Works Department (PWD) and upgraded in between 1975 and 1978 before it was finally handed over to the Nigerian Airports Authority (NAA).

Benin Airport is located at Ogba – Oko community about 2km southwest of the ancient Benin Kingdom. The nearest community to the airport is Ekenwa aerodrome.

Port Harcourt International Airport, Rivers State

The Port Harcourt International Airport is the most busiest and most beautiful Airport in the South South region with two terminals.

The Port Harcourt International Airport plays a very important role in the economy of the Nigeria.

This is because it is located in Port Harcourt, at the centre of the country’s oil and gas industry. The Oil and Gas industry contributes 85 per cent of government revenue and over 90 per cent of total exports from the country in terms of value.

The Port Harcourt International Airport ,PHIA, allows direct air connections between the country and major destinations around the world, especially to and from Western countries. The old terminal at the airport is under renovation, although it continues to operate commercial flight.

The old terminal of the Airport is for local flights while the new terminal received international flights which makes the Airport the most busiest after Lagos and Abuja Airports in Nigeria.

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