Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Airport is located in the city of Bauchi, the capital of Bauchi state. It is also known as Bauchi State International Airport (IATA: BCU, ICAO: DNBC). It is named after Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, who was Prime Minister of Nigeria from 1957-1966. The ex-Prime Minister was also honored with the image on the Nigerian five Naira note.

The Bauchi State International Airport was constructed in 18 months to replace the in-town Bauchi Airport, and has scheduled airline service. A cargo terminal is also planned. The airport is 22 kilometers (14 miles) northwest of Bauchi. The airport was built by the Federal Government of Nigeria in 2014 and commissioned by the then President of Nigeria Goodluck Ebele Jonathan. The Bauchi state airport is one of the airports owned and operated by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN).

Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa


The airport has modern aviation facility as it was built at a cost of 13 billion Naira.  The airport serves the people of Bauchi state and the Northeastern region for domestic and international flights including those on Holy pilgrimage.


The two major airlines at the Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Airport are Overland Airways and Arik Airways. Both have their destinations in Abuja Airport.


Meanwhile coming to the Bauchi State International Airport, make sure you bring along your flight documents which includes your passport, flight ticket, and booking confirmation in case there is a problem. Adding, your luggage is also important as well as a music player or good book to keep you occupied as you await your flight.


The frequent visitors at the Bauchi State International Airport are the travelers, travel agents, aviation officers and tourists. However, since the new Bauchi Airport has started operations, it has been an easy access for travelers and tourists. As the state kicks off its tourism, the airport has been a hub for tourists. Enjoy your flight from Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Airport to your destinations.

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