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Calabar overview

Calabar also called "Canaan City" was originally called Akwa Akpa, from the Efik Language before the Spanish renamed it as Calabar. It is the current capital of Cross River State in South Southern Nigeria. Often described as the tourism capital of Nigeria, Calabar has several landmarks that make it a travel destination for visitors and tourists.

Best time to book a flight to Calabar

Calabar has an annual rainfall of 120 inches spread over more than 10 months.

Tourists and Visitors to the city should best book their flights to Calabar at the height of the rains from July to September. The heavy rainfall deters tourists.

The Peak Season

 November to January is the peak season for tourists to experience all that Calabar has on offer. The Calabar Festival which is colorfully celebrated during this period means flight fares and rates will be skyrocket at the time. Tourists interested in visiting Calabar for the celebration of this festival should book early flights in the year.

Off Peak Season

Apart from the Boat Regatta celebrated at the height of the rainfall from June to July, Calabar is generally avoided during the rainy season. The heavy rainfall deters visitors movement to different tourists centres. Visitors who arrive at the peak of the rainy season will enjoy a unique and enjoyable experience as there are no queues, in the museums and major attractions. However, the cheapest flights to Calabar are booked around this time.

Best time to visit Calabar

Calabar Experiences A Tropical Monsoon Climate With Over 10 Months Of Rainy Season And A Short Dry Season From December To January.

Temperatures Are Relatively Constant Throughout The Year, With Temperature Variance Between 25 To 28°C. The Daytime And Nighttime Temperature Makes Calabar A Mildly Warm City To Live Or Visit Any Time Of The Year.

Visitors To The City Can Expect Some Cold, Especially During The Rainy Season.

Airlines operating flights to Calabar

There are a handful of Airlines operating scheduled domestic and charter flights from Calabar’s Margaret Ekpo International Airport to several domestic destinations in Nigeria. Aero Contractors, Air Peace, Arik Air, Associated Aviation, and Overland Airways. 

Calabar airport

Calabar Airport, also known as Margaret Ekpo International Airport (IATA: CBQ; ICAO: DNCA) serves Calabar, the capital of Cross River State in South-South Nigeria. It is located along New Ikang Road, Cross River State. The airport was renamed after one of Nigeria’s fiercest defender of women’s Rights and social mobilizer-Chief Mrs. Margaret Ekpo, a native of Cross River State.
Margaret Ekpo International Airport is located in Calabar is administered by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN). FAAN rated it as one of the Best Domestic Airports in Nigeria.

There are a handful of Airlines operating scheduled domestic and charter flights from Calabar’s Margaret Ekpo International Airport to several domestic destinations in Nigeria. Aero Contractors, Air Peace, Arik Air, Associated Aviation, and Overland Airways. 

Margaret Ekpo International Airport is quite accessible from the city center as taxis can be hailed directly by the roadside.

Getting from Calabar airport to city centre

Staying in Calabar

Calabar also called "Canaan City" was originally called Akwa Akpa, from the Efik Language before the Spanish renamed it as Calabar. It is the current capital of Cross River State in South Southern Nigeria. Often described as the tourism capital of Nigeria, Calabar has several landmarks that make it a travel destination for visitors and tourists.

Cost of things in Calabar

The cost of food and drinks in Calabar city is relatively cheap as travelers to the city can get food for 1 in restaurants as low as NGN500. There are also restaurants serving dishes from other parts of the Nigeria costing as low as NGN500. The soft drinks, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks are sold at prices ranging from NGN150 to NGN500.
Upscale restaurants like Tinapa Lakeside Restaurant, Chillis Cafe, Freddy's and Happy Food serve food at expensive prices. Visitors may spend between N3000 and N5000 to enjoy dish for 2 in these restaurants.

Basically, items are more expensive in the Central Business District area of the city. A lot of choice hotels can be booked on Hotels.ng at prices starting from as low as N5500 per night for budget hotels.

Calabar tips/advice

Arrivals and departures can enjoy some of the basic facilities in the airport.

There are restaurants in the airport where departures and arrivals can eat.

Drinks and snacks are also available at the airport.

Margaret Ekpo Airport houses banks where travelers can exchange currency and do all bank transactions.

There is a lounge and lounge facilities in the airport terminal.

Free WiFi is available in the airport terminal.

Do not worry about language barrier as the drivers speak English and are courteous.

You can also hail a taxi to city center outside the airport terminal. Be sure to negotiate a good fare before commencement of the journey.

Keep your baggage safe. Ensure your belongings are not open and easy to sight.

Flight from local city to Calabar

Aero Contractors, Air Peace, Overland Airways,  and Arik Air operate daily scheduled flights majorly from Lagos and Abuja to the Margaret Ekpo International Airport.

Airlines operate the highest number of domestic flights from Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos to the Airport.

Margaret Ekpo International Airport also receives its fair share of flights to and from different domestic destinations in Nigeria. Local flights from Abuja, Port Harcourt, Uyo, Warri, Asaba, Akure, Kano, Enugu, Calabar, and Benin City depart to Margaret Ekpo International Airport, Calabar.

Flight fares from different cities of Nigeria into Calabar starts from NGN25000 depending on booking time and airline. It takes about 1 hour to fly between domestic cities in Nigeria.

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LOCAL AIRLINES THAT FLY IN NIGERIA

OVERLAND AIRWAYS
AERO CONTRACTORS
AZMAN AIR
AIR PEACE
DANA AIR

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