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May 29, 2022

List of Airlines in Nigeria

Nigeria is the largest country in Africa and has one of the most vibrant aviation industries. As such, there are numerous notable airlines operating in Nigeria.

If you’ve traveled by air in Nigeria, chances are that you’ve boarded one or more of these airlines.

Some of these airlines have travel routes across the Nigerian borders while the rest operate mainly within the country.

In this article, we bring you a list of airlines in Nigeria. Note that every airline highlighted in this article possesses an air operator’s certificate that is issued to qualified airlines by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).

Here we go!

1. Air Peace

One of the notable airlines in Nigeria is Air Peace. It is a privately-owned airline and was founded in 2013 by Anambra-born Billionaire, Allen Onyema. 

The airline whose headquarter is in Ikeja, Lagos is touted to be one of the largest airlines in West Africa with over 30 fleets in operation.

Air Peace flight doors are open to both local and international passengers. Air Peace is also engaged in charter services and can be boarded from all the major airports in Nigeria.

In September 2019, following the escalation of the xenophobic attack on Nigerians in South Africa, Air Peace sent out airlines to evacuate Nigerian citizens for free. Over 300 Nigerians were successfully evacuated out of South Africa to Lagos, Nigeria.

2. Arik Air

Another airline operating in Nigeria is Arik Air. It operates mainly from two airports which are Murtala Muhammad International Airport in Lagos and the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja. 

The airline was founded in 2002 but commenced operation on the 30th Oct. 2006. They were also authorized to fly internationally to Europe and America in the same year.

Arik Air is owned and managed by Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria and they have over 21 fleets of airplanes in operation.

3. Dana Air

Dana Air was founded in 2008 and has since established itself as a popular airline in Nigeria. Its operating hub is located in Murtala Muhammad International Airport, Lagos.

The airline has a moderate fleet size of 8 aircraft in operation. Its destination spans across Enugu, Abuja, Owerri, Port Harcourt, Uyo, and its base in Lagos.

The airline has recorded an unpleasant incident of a plane crash in 2012 when one of its aircraft crashed into a two-story building. The crash resulted in 153 casualties. This forced the airline to seize operation for a while. However, they’re back again and are licensed to operate.

4. Ibom Air

This airline is relatively new in the aviation industry. It was founded in 2019 and is the first state-owned airline in Nigeria. Its hub is located in Akwa Ibom Airport.

Ibom Air has seven fleets in operation with six known destinations including Abuja, Calabar, Enugu, Lagos, Uyo, and Port Harcourt.

5. Max Air

Founded in 2008, Max Air operates in both domestic, regional, and international flight networks. The airline is popular with Islamic pilgrims boarding flights for the annual Hajj pilgrimage.

Max Air has a fleet of eleven airlines and Its headquarters is located in Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano, and flies across Abuja, Lagos, Kano, and Jeddah in Saudi Arabia.

6. Azman Air

Established in 2010, Azman Air formally began operations in 2014 with a flight from Kano to Abuja on May 15th, 2014.

Azman Air headquarters is located in Kano and it has a fleet of five aircraft operating across eleven destinations. The destinations include; Abuja, Asaba, Burning Kebbi, Benin, City, Gombe, Kaduna, Kano, Lagos, Maiduguri, Owerri, Port Harcourt, Dakkar in Senegal, and Jeddah in Saudi Arabia.

In March 2021, Azman Air was suspended by NCCA in order to run an audit on the airline and upgrade its services. It is however unknown whether they’re back to operations.

7. Overland Airways

The airline which is based in Ikeja was founded in 2002. It is owned by the parent company, Overland Airways Limited and its hub is at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

It has a fleet of nine aircraft flying across ten destinations. The destinations include; Abuja, Akure, Asaba, Bauchi, Dutse, Ibadan, Ilorin, Jalingo, and Lagos.

8. Allied Air

This is mainly a cargo-based airline that operates both scheduled and chartered services. It was founded in Lagos in 1998 and has a fleet of four aircraft. 

The airline’s destinations span across Africa including but not limited to; Accra, Freetown, Monrovia, Entebbe, Malabo, and so on.

9. Dornier Aviation Nigeria

The airline is based in Kaduna and operates a chartered based service. They also run maintenance operations for other aircraft.

It was founded in 1979 and has a fleet of five aircraft in operation. Its hub is in Old Kaduna Airport.

10. Green Africa Airways

Founded in 2015 by Babalowande Afolabi, Green Africa Airways formally began operations in August 2021. Its hub is in Murtala Muhammad Airport, Lagos.

The destinations of the airline include Abuja, Akure, Enugu, Ilorin, Lagos, Owerri, Port Harcourt, and so on.


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