So about two weeks ago my family had to go to Nigeria for a burial. It was very unexpected but got some nice pictures. The route we took was LAX-ORD-FRA-ABV-PHC (Lufthansa and Air France do a stopover at Abuja before going to Port Harcourt)
A Lufthansa A320 parked at the gate after we arrived. It says “First to Fly the Neo” so I wonder if it’s an A320NEO.
Arrived in Abuja and the Arik Air 737 is preparing to taxi out.
Same with the Arik Air CRJ-900 and Dana Air MD-80
Then the Air France A330 that will leave to Port Harcourt before us.
We arrive at port and on an open tarmac so the planes can be “snapped” in all their glory. Our A330
Air France’s A330
And Dana Air’s MD-80
Now Port Harcourt’s International arrival building is a tent.
Now in Nigeria buildings like hospitals, airports, hotels, and other important buildings are supposed to have power supplied to them during business time and maybe cut it off after closing. But they took power when they needed to do passport checks so for a certain time while we were their they did it manually. Now they weren’t very organized as they had multiple lines for different things. And we kept switching. The baggage claim was the baggage cars taking the bags from the plane to an area inside the tent for baggage. Now lastly the economy their isn’t the best. We had about 8 to 9 bags. Nigerians saw us and bunch of them came to help. Now dun get me wrong they are very nice but the reason most helped was for money. Even the custom ladies wanted to search every bag but we had to give them some money so they won’t. In the picture on the other side of the wall is the construction of a new building. It was halted due to politics and economics and also a corrupt Gov. taking money and not using it for infrastructure.
So to end this long topic I would like to say that traveling to Nigeria is awesome. I went their 5 time (this being my 5th) and I loved it. Aviation wise Nigeria should spend a little bit more money on their flag carrier and international airports to make them nice. Maybe fix the economy so more airlines come their as this topic talks about what happened last year with United and other Airlines.
(p.s Sorry for camera quality my family has no money to waste on camera buying. Also for the long topic and paragraph.)
(p.s.s I just read a topic and Port Harcourt is rated number 1 worst airport. Here’s the article