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Top 7 Airlines in Nigeria to Fly in 2023 (New List and Names)

Are you interested in the list and names of the best airlines in Nigeria for local, domestic, and international travel, and their routes?

If YES, then this article is only what you need to read today.

These airlines have an air operator’s certificate issued by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority.

Top 7 Airlines in Nigeria in 2023

List and names of the top-rated airlines in Nigeria to fly.

1. Air Peace

Air Peace is a private Nigerian airline founded in 2013 by Nigerian lawyer and businessman, Allen Onyema.

With its head office in Ikeja, Lagos State, Nigeria, it is the flag carrier and the largest airline of Nigeria and West Africa.

Air Peace, the best airline in Nigeria, provides passenger and charter services, serves the major cities of Nigeria and flies to several West African destinations and the Middle East.

By 2018, Air Peace had the largest market share in the domestic airline market in Nigeria.

The airline boasts a fleet size of 23 covering 17 destinations serving major cities of Nigeria and West Africa.

Fly with Air Peace Airlines today and be amongst passengers that receive one of the best flight experiences in the country.

Destinations

Air Peace flies to and from Akanu Ibiam International Airport.

Top domestic destinations for Air Peace:

  • Abuja
  • Asaba
  • Benin City
  • Calabar
  • Enugu
  • Kaduna
  • Kebbi
  • Lagos
  • Owerri
  • Port Harcourt
  • Sokoto
  • Uyo

Top international destinations for Air Peace:

  • Ghana
  • Israel
  • Liberia
  • Mumbai (India)
  • Senegal
  • Sierra Leone
  • Tel Aviv
  • The Gambia
  • The United Arab Emirates

2. Arik Air

Arik Air has hubs at Kotoka International Airport (ACC), Murtala Muhammed International Airport (LOS) and Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (ABV) and is headquartered in Lagos.

Arik Air’s head office is the Arik Air Aviation Center on the grounds of Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Ikeja.

Nigeria-based Arik Air (W3) flies to about 20 domestic destinations, as well as points in Angola, Benin, Cameroon, Gambia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Senegal, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

The airline’s fleet of 25 Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier, and Hawker planes have both one-cabin (Economy Class) and two-cabin (Economy Class and Business Class) configurations.

Destinations

Top domestic destinations for Arik Air:

  • Abuja
  • Bauchi
  • Benin
  • Enugu
  • Gombe
  • Ibadan
  • Ilorin
  • Jos
  • Kaduna
  • Kano
  • Lagos
  • Port Harcourt
  • Sokoto
  • Warri
  • Yola

Top international destinations for Arik Air:

  • Accra (Ghana)
  • Dakar (Senegal)
  • Freetown
  • Harbel (Liberia)
  • Johannesburg
  • London
  • Luanda (Angola)
  • New York

3. Dana Air

Dana Air was founded in 2008 with its headquarters in Lagos, Nigeria and operates a domestic service around the country.

It serves Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Port Harcourt International Airport, and Akwa Ibom Airport.

Committed to improving the well-being of customers in all product offerings, Dana Air is focused on bringing to Nigerians, an aviation service that combines the best elements of legacy carriers – world-class safety and quality on-board services coupled with the latest technology (online services) and operational efficiency of new-age carriers.

Dana Air’s commitment to operational efficiency has never been in doubt as it is the only Nigerian carrier to have successfully undergone an operational audit conducted by the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (Flight Safety Group) in partnership with their foreign counterparts.

Also, in its determination to meet the highest global aviation safety standards, Dana Air recently completed the IATA Operational Safety Audit, and recently joined the International Air Transport Association, which brings Dana Air on par with other airlines operating on the global stage.

Destinations

Dana Air provides affordable local flights for Nigerians between these four cities:

  • Abuja – Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport
  • Lagos – Murtala Muhammed International Airport
  • Port Harcourt – Port Harcourt International Airport
  • Uyo – Akwa Ibom Airport

4. Ibom Air

Ibom Air is a Nigerian airline owned by the Akwa Ibom State Government.

The airline began operations on June 7, 2019, when a Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft marked with the Ibom Air name took off from Victor Attah International Airport (IATA: QUO), Uyo, with government officials on board, en route to Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos.

Akwa Ibom is the first state in the country to own an airline.

In May 2021, the airline also signed Nigeria’s first domestic code-share agreement with Dana Air.

Ibom Air currently flies to 7 cities within Nigeria: Uyo, Abuja, Calabar, Enugu, Lagos, Port Harcourt and Yenagoa.

Ibom Air aims to set the standard as the airline of choice for passengers in Nigeria, West Africa and beyond by focusing on service excellence, hospitality, and innovation, plus our infusion of style and grace!

5. Azman Air

Azman Air is 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.

Also, in her determination to meet the highest global aviation safety standards, Azman Air has begun an Implementation Training Initiative as part of the preliminary process to prepare for the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA).

Azman 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 and safety and striving to build long-lasting relationships.

From her various hubs within the Country, Azman Air currently operates return flights domestically From Lagos to Kano, Abuja, Kaduna, Kebbi, Gombe, Yola, Maiduguri, and Port Harcourt.

Also, from Abuja to Kano, Kebbi, Lagos, Maiduguri, Gombe, Yola and Port Harcourt. As well as Kano to Kebbi, Lagos, Abuja.

6. Max Air

Max Air Limited is a developed reputable, reliable and safety conscious airline with firm commitments to quality and affordable timely services.

Max Air is a domestic and international airline based in Nigeria, the country’s longest-serving international airline.

Established in 2008 by business mogul Alhaji Dahiru Barau Mangal, the company’s head office is in Kano State with its base at Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano.

Max Air is one of Nigeria’s leading airlines operating a domestic, regional, and international flight network.

The airline was established in 2006 as Mangal Airlines, a rebranded Max Air in 2008 operating its first commercial flight to King Abdulaziz International Airport from Kano.

The airline began its operations with two Boeing 747-400 aircraft for its Umrah and Hajj operation services.

Destinations

  • Abuja
  • Asaba
  • Kano
  • Yola
  • Sokoto
  • Owerri
  • Kebbi
  • Bauchi
  • Benin
  • Maiduguri
  • Port Harcourt
  • Lagos
  • Katsina

7. Aero Contractors

Aero Contractors Company of Nigeria Limited, known as Aero Contractors or simply Aero, is a state-controlled Nigerian airline company based at Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Ikeja, Lagos State, Nigeria.

It operates helicopter services and fixed wing domestic and international scheduled passenger services, air charter and third-party aircraft operations, largely to support Nigeria’s extensive oil and gas industry.

Aero has two divisions:

  • Aero Nigeria – provides scheduled passenger services in Nigeria and western Africa.
  • Rotary Wing – provides helicopter services for the oil and gas industry in Nigeria.

Destinations

Aero serves the following destinations in Nigeria:

  • Abuja – Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport
  • Asaba – Asaba International Airport
  • Benin City – Benin Airport
  • Calabar – Margaret Ekpo International Airport
  • Enugu – Akanu Ibiam International Airport
  • Kaduna – Kaduna Airport
  • Kano – Aminu Kano Airport
  • Lagos – Murtala Mohammed International Airport Hub
  • Owerri – Imo Airport
  • Port Harcourt – Port Harcourt International Airport
  • Sokoto – Sadiq Abubakar III International Airport
  • Uyo – Akwa Ibom Airport

22 Biggest Airports in Nigeria

IATA Airport City
LOS Murtala Muhammed International Airport Lagos
ABV Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja
KAN Mallam Aminu International Airport Kano
QUO Akwa Ibom International Airport Uyo
PHC Port Harcourt International Airport Port Harcourt
ENU Akanu Ibiam International Airport Enegu
BNI Benin Airport Benin
GMO Gombe Lawanti International Airport Gombe
CBQ Margaret Ekpo International Airport Calabar
QRW Warri Airport Warri
IBA Ibadan Airport Ibadan
ILR Ilorin International Airport Ilorin
QOW Sam Mbakwe International Airport Owerri
JOS Yakubu Gowon Airport Jos
KAD Kaduna Airport Kaduna
SKO Sadiq Abubakar III International Airport Sokoto
YOL Yola Airport Yola
BCU Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa International Airport Bauchi
AKR Akure Airport Akure
MIU Maiduguri International Airport Maiduguri
MDI Makurdi Airport Makurdi
PHG Port Harcourt City Airport Port Harcourt

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