The international Mallam Aminu Kano Airport popularly referred to as MAKIA, is located in the ancient city of Kano in the Northern part of the country. It is the nation’s oldest airport, the airport hosted the 1922 landing of the country’s first aircraft.
In the 1980s, the airport was named after a prominent Kano-born Nigerian statesman, Mallam Aminu Kano, a nationalist and politician. Aminu attended the University of London, Institute of Education after completing his education at Katsina College, alongside Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa. He was one of the few prominent Nigerian politicians who advocated for women’s equality and a fiscal system that favors high taxes on the region’s wealthy. As a result, a significant number of streets, a college, and an airport are named after him.
Apart from the airport being a major transit point for the annual Muslim Hajj to Mecca. MAKIA is a major connection point for air travelers going from Northern Nigeria to major parts of the world.
The airport has come to witness an expansion with the resumption of International flights at Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport in 2021, with the arrival of Ethiopian Airlines. The New terminal of Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport is said to be the second airport linked with a rail line in West Africa.
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