With a population of over 200 million residents, it is expected that Nigeria should have a thriving aviation industry. That is exactly the case as several local airlines are operating within the Nigerian airspace. The airlines featured here are duly licensed to operate in Nigeria.
The Nigerian aviation industry may not be up there yet but it is constantly improving. Flight delays and cancellations are some of the challenges associated with flying in Nigeria. It is expected that these and other problems associated with flying in Nigeria will be fixed soon.
The following airlines have the operational license to operate within the Nigerian airspace.
List Of Airlines In Nigeria
Aero Contractors is no doubt one of the top airlines in Nigeria. It is also one of the oldest dating as far back as 1960. Aero Contractors is based at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos. Currently, Aero Contractors operates domestic flights to major 12 Nigerian cities. Lagos, Abuja, Port-Harcourt, Kaduna, Owerri, and Calabar. Others are Asaba, Benin-City, Kano, Enugu, Sokoto, and Uyo.
The Aero Contractors fleet consists of 7 Boeing 737-400 airplanes, 6 Boeing 737-500 airplanes, and 1 De Havilland Dash 8 Q200. Others are 1 De Havilland Dash 8 Q300, 2 De Havilland Dash 8 Q400, and several helicopters.
Apart from operating commercial passenger flights, Aero Contractors also provides helicopter services mostly to the country’s oil and gas industry. You can visit the aero Contractors website at www.flyaero.com.
Recently, Air Peace has been in the news for many good reasons. The company provided airplanes to evacuate Nigerians from South Africa during recent Xenophobia attacks in that country. Also, the airline is involved in evacuating Nigerians stranded in different countries as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. Though privately owned, Air Peace has been approved by the Nigerian government as a national carrier to 5 countries. The countries are the USA, UAE, China, India, and South Africa.
Air Peace was founded in 2013 and operates passenger and charter flights to many Nigerian cities. Currently, Air Peace flies to Lagos, Abuja, Calabar, Enugu, Port-Harcourt, Benin-City, Owerri, and Uyo. The airline also operates a regional flight from Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos to the Kotoka International Airport Accra, Ghana. Air Peace has a fleet of 10 aircraft as of now. The Air Peace website is https://www.flyairpeace.com
Allied Airline was founded in 1998 and operates as a cargo airline. The airline operates scheduled and charter flights in Nigeria and many other African countries. The major Allied Airline scheduled destinations are Accra, Entebbe, Malabo, Monrovia, and Freetown. The airline also flies regularly to Liege, a city in Belgium.
The airline is based in Lagos, Nigeria. Currently, there are 3 Boeing 737-400F airplanes in the company’s fleet. Allied Air website is at https://www.alliedairng.com
You most definitely have heard of Arik Air. Arik is one of the top & most popular airlines in Nigeria. The company was established in 2002 and has grown to become a top airline. Arik operates domestic flights within Nigeria and to neighbouring West African countries.
As of now, Arik flies to about 26 destinations. In the Arik fleet are 22 aircrafts made up of 9 Boeing 737-700 airplanes, and 4 Boeing 737-800 airplanes. Others are 4 Bombardier CRJ900 airplanes, 4 Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 airplanes, 1 Bombardier CRJ1000 airplane, and 2 Airbus A330-200 airplanes.
Currently, Arik operates from two major airports in Nigeria. These are the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, and the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja. The head office of Arik is located within the grounds of the Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos. For more about Arik Air, visit their website at http://www.arikair.com/ng
Associated Aviation operates both passenger and cargo flights within Nigeria and to other countries in the West African region. The airline was established in 1996 and is based in Lagos. Major Nigerian cities served by Associated Aviation are Abuja, Lagos, Ibadan, Benin, Calabar, and Makurdi. Associated Aviation also flies to the King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
There are currently 9 aircraft within the Associated Aviation fleet namely 2 BAe 125-700, and 2 Boeing 727-200F. Others are 4 Embraer EMB 120 Brasilia, and 1 Lear 45 XR.
Operating from the ancient city of Kano, Azman Air currently operates scheduled flights to 6 destinations in the country. Azman Air operates flights from Lagos to Abuja, Kano, Kaduna, Kebbi, Gombe, Yola, Maiduguri, and Port-Harcourt. Azman flights also travel from Abuja to Kano, Abuja to Kebbi, Abuja to Lagos, Abuja to Maiduguri, Abuja to Gombe, Abuja to Yola, and Abuja to Porth-Harcourt. Other routes plied by Azman Air are Kano to Kebbi, Kano to Lagos, and Kano to Abuja.
Azman airline is reputed for its world-class services and excellent customer relationship. This is one of the reasons why the airline is the preferred choice of many Nigeria residents. The Azman aircraft fleet comprises 2 Boeing 737-300, 3 Boeing 737-500, and 1 Airbus A340-600. You can read more about Azman Air by visiting their website at https://airazman.com
Dana is another popular airline in Nigeria. Its headquarters is in Ikeja, Lagos while the Murtala Muhammed Airport serves as the airline’s main base. The airline currently flies to 5 Nigerian cities namely Lagos, Abuja, Owerri, Port-Harcourt, and Uyo. Regional flights to Accra, Ghana are also scheduled by Dana Air.
Dana Air has a total of 6 aircraft in its fleet currently. The aircraft are; 2 Boeing 737-300, 2 McDonnell Douglas MD-82, and 2 McDonnell Douglas MD-83. Dana Air’s website is https://www.flydanaair.com. You can check out the website for more about Dana Air.
Dornier Aviation Nigeria
This airline started operations as far back as 1979, operating from Old Kaduna Airport. The airline only flies Dornier aircraft on a charter basis. Dornier Aviation Nigeria undertakes special flight operations such as agricultural flying, aerial photography, and emergency medical evacuation. Dornier Aviation Nigeria currently operates 5 Dornier 328-100 aircraft. For more about Dornier Aviation Nigeria, visit http://www.dananig.aero
Green Africa Airways
This is a new airline that was started in 2015. As of now, the airline is yet to commence operations. The airline has placed orders for 50 Airbus A220-300. Also, the airline has leased 3 Airbus A220s from GLK Europe to enable it to commence operations in earnest. The airline’s website is https://www.greenafrica.com. You can monitor the airline’s activities on the website to know when it will commence operations.
This is a newly launched airline owned by the Akwa Ibom State government. It was founded in 2019 and commenced operations the same year. The airline’s hub is the Akwa Ibom Airport in Uyo. Ibom currently flies to the following Nigerian cities Lagos, Enugu, Calabar, and Abuja. The airline currently has a fleet of 5 Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft. Ibom Air’s website is https://www.ibomair.com
Kabo Air is a charter airline based at the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport in Kano. The airline was founded in 1980. Kabo currently does not operate any scheduled flights but is primarily focused on Hajj operations. The airline only has one aircraft, a Boeing 747-400.
The airline operates both domestic and international flights. Max Air is actually Nigeria’s longest-serving international airline as it was established in 2008. The airline’s headquarters is in Kano and the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano serves as its base. The airline currently plies several domestic routes and flies to 2 destinations internationally. Locally, Max Air flies to Abuja, Bauchi, Benin-City, Kano, Katsina, Lagos, Maiduguri, Owerri, Port-Harcourt, Sokoto, and Yola. Its international scheduled flights are to Jeddah and Medinah, both in Saudi Arabia. Visit Max Air website at https://maxair.com.ng
This airline was founded in 2007 as a charter airline. The airline has since expanded its services and now offers domestic flight services as well as regional flights. Med-View also operates long-haul scheduled passenger flights.
Med-View flies to the following local and international destinations Abuja, Abidjan, Accra, Conakry, Dakar, and Dubai. The other destinations plied by Med-View are Enugu, Freetown, Ilorin, Jeddah, Kaduna, Kano, Lagos, London, and Maiduguri. Med-View also flies to Monrovia, Owerri, Port-Harcourt, and Yola.
The airline currently has 4 aircraft, 2 Boeing 737-400, 1 Boeing 737-500, and 1 Boeing 777-200ER.
Overland Airways is another Lagos based airline. Its main base is the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos but the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport in Abuja serves as its hub. The airline operates scheduled flights to Lagos, Abuja, Asaba, Akure, Bauchi, Dutse, Ibadan, Ilorin, and Jalingo. A total of 9 aircraft are in the Overland Airways fleet. These are; 4 ATR 42 aircraft, 3 ATR 72 aircraft, and 2 Beechcraft 1900D. Visit Overland Airway’s website at https://www.overlandairways.com
Conclusion (List of Airlines In Nigeria)
All currently operational Nigerian airlines have been discussed. Details of the destinations each of the airlines ply are supplied. Also, the number of aircraft in the fleet of each of the airlines was mentioned. You can learn more about each of these airlines by visiting their websites.