Located in the Southeastern state of Imo is the Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport. It is also known as Imo State Airport. The airport is named in honor of a former governor and politician-philanthropist, the late chief Sam Mbakwe of Imo State. It is the first airport built by a state government in Nigeria. It was built by the military governor of the state in 1990-1992, Navy Commodore Anthony. E. Oguguo. It was later taken over by the federal government. The airport is owned and operated by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN). Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport serves Owerri, the capital of Imo state, and its neighboring cities, such as Aba, Nnewi and so on.
The airport’s runway direction is 17/35. It is surface dressed with asphalt and is 2,700m in length and 8,858 by ft.
The Owerri VOR-DME (Ident: OWR) is located 1.3 nautical miles (2.4km) north of the airport. The Owerri non-directional beacon (Ident: OW) is located 1.3 nautical miles (2.4km) south of the airport.
The airport is strategically located to serve the state capital, Owerri, the commercial city of Onitsha, the automobile and manufacturing city of Nnewi, and the industrial hub of Aba, Umuahia, etc. It also serves the South-south states of Akwa Ibom and Cross River. As a cargo airport, it is of huge importance for business activities across the country.
WHAT TO BRING
Make sure you come with your flights document: passport, flight ticket, and confirmation details. Your luggage is also important.
Aviation officials, travelers, travel agents, and tourists are the major visitors in the airport.
AIRLINES AND DESTINATIONS
The state-owned airline, Imo Air, has its destination in Lagos. Other airlines on scheduled flights are Arik Air and Air Peace, which both have their destinations in Abuja and Lagos.
Tighten your seat belt and have a safe flight as you board your flight from the Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport to your destinations.