Throughout the years, there has been a closure of a few regional airlines in Nigeria due to security or financial issues.
Nevertheless, here is a list of all operational local airlines in Nigeria.
Table of Contents
- 1. Arik Air
- 2. Aero Contractors
- 3. Association Aviation
- 4. Dana Air
- 5. Air Peace
- 6. IRS Airlines
- 7. Med-View Airline
- 8. First Nation Airways
- 9. Overland Airways
- 10. Azman Air
1. Arik Air
Arik Air is among the leading airlines in Nigeria as well as Africa. The airline motto is ‘Wings of Nigeria,’ and it was founded in 2002. In 2006, Arik Air acquired the former Nigerian Airway facilities, which is situated in Lagos. It runs domestic flights, which cover Nigeria and other Western African Countries.
The domestic airline flight functions majorly from two hubs. One of the hubs can be located at Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos, and the other at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.
Their head office can be found on the ground of the Murtala International Airport, Ikeja. Arik Air possesses an enormous fleet of aircraft in Nigeria, including twenty-three airplanes, and the airline operates across twenty-six destinations.
2. Aero Contractors
Aero Contractors is an aviation company, and it is popularly recognized as Aero. The airline runs domestic flights to twelve cities in Nigeria. These cities comprise Asaba, Abuja, Benin City, Calabar, Enugu, Kano, Kaduna, Lagos, Owerri, Uyo, Port Harcourt, and Sokoto.
They also manage air charter services, helicopter services for the oil & gas industry, and third party airliner operations.
Aero Contractors conducts its operations via two branches located at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport Ikeja, Lagos State. One branch for its domestic & international passenger services and another for its chopper services. Aero contractors cover a sum of thirteen destinations and operate a fleet size of seven airliners.
3. Association Aviation
Association Aviation manages a domestic flight airline from a single hub located at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport Ikeja, Lagos State.
It runs flights route between to and from the following destination that includes Abuja, Benin, Calabar, Makurdi, Ibadan, Lagos, and Jeddah. They also offer cargo/freight services, and the airline maintains a fleet size of three aircraft.
4. Dana Air
Dana Air is amongst the most prominent local airlines in Nigeria, and they can be located at Murtala Muhammed International Airport Ikeja, Lagos State. Dana airlines operate flying routes to and from six destinations within Nigeria and one between Nigeria and Ghana.
The places they cover in Nigeria include Abuja, Lagos, Owerri, Kaduna, Uyo, and Port Harcourt, and they have a fleet size of six airplanes.
5. Air Peace
Air Peace is a privately-run Nigerian airline. It is headquartered at Murtala Muhammed International Airport Ikeja, Lagos State.
Air Peace provides domestic passenger flights that cover eight cities in Nigeria, and they comprise Abuja, Calabar, Benin City, Lagos, Enugu, Port Harcourt, Owerri, and Uyo.
It also runs a local flight between Murtala Muhammed International Airport Ikeja, Lagos State, and Kotoka International Airport Accra, Ghana. Also, Air peace manages a fleet of ten aircraft.
6. IRS Airlines
IRS Airlines is a domestic passenger flight service provider situated in Abuja, and it was founded in 2002. IRS Airlines operate from two major hubs, with one located in Murtala Muhammed International Airport and the other at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport.
Its flight destinations include Lagos, Abuja, Yola, Maiduguri, Kaduna, and Kano, and they manage a fleet of four aircraft.
7. Med-View Airline
Med-View is a Nigerian airline that is based in Lagos. It began as a charter airline for Hajj passengers before extending its services to offering domestic passenger flights in 2012.
They also provide passengers as well as domestic flights to nine different cities in Nigeria and even to five other countries, including the UK.
Med-View Airline offers domestic flights to Abuja, Enugu, Lagos, Kaduna, Kano, Maiduguri, Port Harcourt, Owerri, and Yola. Other flight destinations outside of Nigeria comprise Accra, Monrovia, Jeddah, and Freetown. They manage a fleet of seven airliners.
8. First Nation Airways
First Nation Airways is a privately-opearted airline. It was established in 2011 by the former CEO of Bellview Airline. First National Airways shut down its operations in 2012 and began again in 2013.
Presently, First Nation Airways provide day-to-day flights between Abuja and Lagos. They conduct their operations from a single hub at Murtala Muhammed International Airport Ikeja, Lagos State, and it owns a fleet of two aircraft.
9. Overland Airways
Overland Airways is among the domestic airlines in Nigeria. It operates domestic flights to ten different destinations that include Akure, Abuja, Asaba, Bauchi, Dutse, Ilorin, Ibadan, Lagos, Jalingo, and Minna.
The active airline base is situated at Murtala Muhammed International Airport Ikeja, Lagos State. Overland Airways also owns a hub at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, and the airline possesses a fleet of nine airliners.
10. Azman Air
Azman Air is a regional airline located in Kano. They offer domestic passenger flights service that covers eight different cities, which include Lagos, Abuja, Birnin-Kebbi, Port Harcourt, Maiduguri, Kano, Kaduna, and Yola.
The airline’s central base of operations is at Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano, and they manage a fleet size of four airliners.
Some additional local airlines provide charter services in Nigeria, and they include:
- Kabo Air
- Dornier Aviation Nigeria
- TAT Nigeria
- Max Air
- Allied Air: is a regional airline that provides cargo transport services