The Margouilla's Advice on Nightstopping in Lagos



What airfield can I expect?

Lagos has one of the few two-runway airports in West Africa. The airport effectively functions as two separate airports, the West runway (19R) and the large grey terminal being dedicated to international flights, while the East runway (19L) and the East apron take care of domestic traffic. An international cargo terminal, which is also a hub for DHL, is located along runway 19R. The infrastructures at Lagos Murtala Muhammed airport are generally in excellent condition, complete with an approach radar. Traffic can get pretty intense, though, and air traffic controllers often get overwhelmed by the situation, so make sure you keep a sharp watch on what's going on around you. Expect long delays for unexplained reasons to obtain startup, route clearance and / or takeoff clearance. Keep cool and remember that happiness is V1 out of Lagos...

Handling is not mandatory, but highly recommended. Skyrouting does a pretty good job at it, and normally takes around 2,800 USD for departure and arrival procedures for a bizjet, including the landing permit. Avoid asking for any additional services (toilet service, cabin cleaning, etc) as they are way overpriced. Jet A-1 is available H24.

Airport security is good when parked in front of the international terminal.

The airport is located about 25km Northwest of the town center (Lagos Island). Getting there can take 40 minutes in the middle of the night, but could last hours during traffic peaks.


Where am I?

Despite having lost the title of federal capital to Abuja in 1991, Lagos remains to this day the economic heart of the country and its largest city, with a population of over 8 millions. Lagos started its life as a Benin Empire war camp named "Eko". It was built on Lagos Island, where Portuguese sailors discovered it in 1472 and gave it the name "Lagos" ("lakes" in Portuguese). Several nations established trading posts around the natural harbour, until Lagos became a formal British colony in 1861. Conquest of the hinterland was achieved in 1887, and the Colony of Nigeria was proclaimed in 1914 with Lagos as its capital.

The city's development boomed after the country's independance, in the 1960's and 1970's. Today, as the third largest city on the continent, Lagos has become the archetype of the third world megalopolis: disorganised, dirty, overcrowded and dangerous. Yet Lagos is also a lively city, and many expats who live on Lagos or Victoria Island enjoy the place. Nothing works, in Lagos, yet everything is possible: it just depends how much you pay...

European Patrol: +(234) 08 022 904 697 / 08 033 012 257

Police Emergency Number: +(234) 09 040 87 21


Where do I sleep?

Sheraton Lagos Hotel (15mn from the airport - no traffic)

30, Mobolaji Bank Anthony Way, PO Box 21189 Airport Road, Lagos - Ikeja
Tél: +(234) 12 800 100 300

Luxury chain hotel conveniently located in the Ikeja district, close to the airport, offering 332 rooms. The suburb is not-so-nice, so the hotel is self-contained with all amenities available within the hotel fence: shops, beauty saloon, swimming pool, health club, pool tables, tennis courst and even a running track! The hotel night club is pretty nice. Rooms are plush, a safe is provided and internet costs 2,100 NGN a day. Prices start at 55,800 NGN a night. (2011)

Welcome Centre & Hotel (15 mn from the airport - no traffic)

70 International Airport Road, P.O Box 4749, Lagos - Ikeja
Tél: +(234) 01 271 92 54 / 01 271 92 55
Fax: +(234) 01 271 92 56

Smaller independent hotel located under the departure end of runway 19L. 80 rooms with internet. Swimming pool, pool tables and all sort of entertainment contained in the hotel. A cheaper alternative at 39,400 NGN a night.


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