It might surprise you to know that a higher percentage of the aircraft you see in the sky are haven’t ever left the shores of Nigeria. In fact, the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, and Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA) in Lagos has been ranked the fourth busiest aircraft route in Africa, thus, this goes a long way to show how the domestic airlines are quite busy and keeping up with business.
Many people have held this perception for a long time that the Nigerian airlines aren’t up to standards, but contrary to popular belief, I can assure you an amazing experience when you use most of the Airlines mentioned in this article. Forget the stereotype, and if you are someone who loves to do a whole lot of travels, let’s explore the domestic airlines in Nigeria right away.
Below, I will be listing out to you the domestic airlines within Nigerian territory.
List 10 Domestic Airlines in Nigeria
1. Overland Airways
Was incorporated on September 17, 1998. It is an airline registered to operate charter and scheduled flights. The airline commenced operations in 2002 with the aim of increasing the prosperity of the Nigerian hinterland by facilitating the transportation of business (men), investors, government officials from one point to another and till date, is the pride of Nigeria in the airline industry.
Its routes include Lagos, Abuja, Ibadan, Ilorin, Akure, Dutse, Minna, Bauchi, Asaba, and Jalingo. Overland Airways also operates charter services to various destinations in Nigeria, West, and Central Africa.
2. Med-View airline
It has a humble beginning. The coming of Med-View airline into the Nigeria scene came with Hajj operations in the year 2007 shortly after its incorporation, treatment as a litmus-test, information pills and changed the whole concept of pilgrims airlift in Nigeria. Medview Airline offers great value, quality domestic operations offering -timely departures, in-flight entertainment, great meals, and exceptional service on-board, full service multiple daily flights between Abuja, Yola, Maiduguri, Kano, Lagos, Enugu, Port Harcourt and Kaduna.
3. Max Air
Max Air Limited is a wholly Nigerian owned airline company that was incorporated on 17th March 2003 with an initial capital of two billion ordinary shares. The company has currently over Ten Billion Naira investment committed to the aviation development in Nigeria.
The company which at inception commenced operation with an aircraft, has today a total number of five (5) 747300 aircraft in its fleet. Because of its efficient service delivery, Max Air has transformed into a strategic partner with Nigerian and other African Government especially during Hajj operations over the years.
4. FirstNation Airways Limited
It’s a passenger Airline based in Lagos-Nigeria. The Airline currently operates a fleet of Modern Airbus A319 aircraft. Service is currently provided on domestic routes within Nigeria. And will expand to other Cities within Africa. The management is made up of some of the most talented professionals in the airline industry.
Its fleet consists of two Airbus A319-113sformerly owned by the Italian low-cost airline Wind Jet. And below are its routes: Abuja, Port Harcourt.
5. Azman Air
One of the fastest growing privately owned Nigerian Airline founded in 2010. Azman Air has dominated local and international carriers in providing affordable and comfortable flights to different destinations within and outside Nigeria. Azman Air is focused on offering world-class aviation services, good customer relations, effective online services and operational competence in relation to punctuality and Safety. From her various hubs within the Country, Azman Air currently operates return flights domestically from Lagos, Kano, Abuja, Kaduna, Kebbi, Gombe, Yola, Maiduguri, Port Harcourt.
6. Associated Aviation
Associated Aviation is an airline that is based in Ikeja, Lagos State, Nigeria. The airlines main operating base is Lagos Murtala Muhammed International Airport. The airline was established in 1996 and in 2007 after the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority’s recapitalization drive it was re-registered for operation and then later sold in 2008 to a group of investors who have driven the route expansion of the Airline as well as the acquisition of new aircraft.
7. Aero Contractors of Nigeria
Was formed in 1959 as a wholly owned by Schreiner Airways B.V of the Netherlands. It became a company with initially 40% Nigerian holding in 1973 and subsequently 60% in 1976. The Company started in the early 1960’s as an air charter operator. From this humble beginning in 1970’s, Aero has gone on to provide both rotary and fixed wing services to all the major oil, gas and related support companies working in Nigeria and in Wes Africa sub-region.
Aero currently operates passenger services with the Bombardier Dash8 Q300 aircraft(a modern 50-seat pressurized turboprop aircraft) and the Boeing 737-400 and 500 variants with 104 to 144 seats. Aero aviation has a fleet to this destinations Abuja, Asaba, Benin, Calabar, Enugu, Kaduna, Kano, Lagos, Owerri, Port Harcourt (Omagwa Int’l Airport), Port Harcourt (NAF Base), Sokoto Warri, Uyo.
8. Allied Air:
Was founded in 1998 by Valentine Tongo, the current MD/CEO and principal shareholder of Allied Air Limited. Captain Valentine Tongo is a seasoned airline pilot who has operated various aircraft types including the Boeing series 747,707 and the DC-10. He has also operated BAC 1-11 and the HS-125 aircraft.
The Airline is fully authorized and recognized by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority as a National Flag Carrier. Allied Air is also the Designated Cargo Airline on numerous routes across Africa under the Bi-Lateral Services Agreement and is the first IOSA certified cargo airline in Africa.
We fly to major cities in Nigeria with the lowest fares. Our domestic destinations include Abuja, Akure, Benin, Calabar, Enugu, Kano, Lagos, Owerri, Port-Harcourt, Sokoto, Uyo, Yola.
9. Dana Airlines Limited
The airline commenced flight operations on 10 November 2008 and has since its inauguration progressively developed a route network bringing convenience and choice to the flying public.
Dana Air is resolute in adhering to globally recognized safety standards and it is consistently reviewing its products and services to offer better solutions aimed at passengers’ comfort, safety as well as striving to build long-lasting relationships. The airline seeks to attract leisure and business travelers from within and outside Nigeria as it targets travelers who seek safe, quality, affordable air transport.
From its hub at the Murtala Mohammed Airport Terminal 2 (MMA2), Dana Air currently operates domestically on the Lagos – Abuja; Lagos – Port Harcourt, Lagos – Uyo as well as the Port Harcourt – Abuja and Uyo – Abuja routes using its fleet of Boeing McDonnell 83 and Boeing B737-500 aircraft.
10. Air Peace
Murtala Mohammed Airport has birthed a whole lot of airlines in this list of which Air Peace is one of them. It was founded in 2013 and ever since then, it has grown to be one of the best Airlines so far in Nigeria.
Air Peace is privately owned and has flights going domestically from Lagos to Kaduna, Abuja, Owerri, Enugu, Sokoto, Port Harcourt, Calabar, Benin city, and Uyo. That is 10 destinations in Nigeria.
Next time you are about making a travel trip, you definitely have a comprehensive list of local/domestic airlines you can pick from within Nigeria.