The Akanu Ibiam International Airport is located in Enugu, reputed as the ‘coal city’ alluding to the days of old when it was the centre of a flourishing coal mining industry.
Enugu is the old administrative headquarters of the old Eastern Region of the 1950s to 1960s. And with the creation of new states in the late 1960s,Enugu remained capital of East Central State and with creation of additional states in the 1980s, Enugu State was created with Enugu retaining the capital of the state.
Enugu remains an important centre of political, cultural, commercial and administrative influence in the South Eastern part of the country.
Therefore, the airport is strategically located in Enugu to serve this part of the country.
Akanu Ibiam Airport is named after the First Governor General of the old Eastern Region, the Late RH Sir Akanu Ibiam