AIRLINES OPERATING IN NIGERIA
Nigeria is one of the most travelled nation in the world, therefore its requires airlines that will serve the travelling public, the following are the airline operating in Nigeria for now.
AERO CONTRACTORS COMPANY OF NIGERIA:
This airline is popularly called Aero is one of the oldest in west Africa. It was established over 50 years ago as an aviation service provider involved in the provision of scheduled commercial and helicopter offshore oil and gas sector operation. Also, Aero is one of the fastest growing Nigerian carrier passengers.
With headquarters in Lagos, the company operates a combined fleet of around 20 helicopters and 15 fixed -wing aircraft ranging from 50 seat dash 8 to 144 seat Boeing 737-400/500, employing about 1,300 personnel. Over the years, aero has received many accolades for scheduled operations, consistently offering the most reliable service and best value fares whilst introducing new initiatives into the local market to empower more people to fly more often. Currently, Aero contractor has two divisions. There is the aero Nigeria which provides scheduled fixed-wing passenger service to various Nigerian domestic airports and international destinations in the west African sub- region. And there is also the rotary wing which provides helicopter offshore oil and gas aviation services.
Arik air became a popular airline in Nigeria in 2006, Arik airline acquired the facilities of the liquidated Nigeria airways and began public travel in October of the same year. In 2007, Arik began international travel when Arik air international LTD was established with its corporate office in London. By 2012 Arik had successfully flown over 10 million passengers. Currently, Arik operates an average of 120 flights every day from its two hubs in Lagos and Abuja.
The airline latest services are Arik explorer which was launched in 2014. This service offers travel package at two levels: premium and affordable and it applies to inbound and international travel from Lagos.
BRITISH AIRWAYS :British airways is also knows as B.A, and it was traced to the inception of civil aviation, following the world war I.The progenitor of the British airways was the aircraft transport and travel limited which was launched In 1919. At this time , it operated a daily international scheduled air service, between London and Paris. The first flight took off from hounslow health which is today know as the Heathrow airport.
EMIRATES: Emirates airline flew its first routes out of Dubai in 1985 and the aviation company has grown rapidly since then, adding a number of international destination to its itinerary. According to the trip advisor choice awards for airline, emirates is recognized as the best airline in the world
Recently, emirates opened emirate flight training academy which is said to be the most advanced flight training academy in the world. The airline also has facility at the Dubai international airport which is dedicated exclusively to the secure transport of pharmaceuticals.
ETHIOPIAN AIRLINE: Ethiopian airline is also owned by the government and was founded on 21 December 1945 and commenced operation on 8th April 1946. Expanding international fights in 1951. The firm became a share company in 1965and changed his name from Ethiopian air line to Ethiopian airlines. The airline has been a member of the international air transport association since 1959 and of the Africa airline Association since 1968 and was a member of star alliance at December 2011. Its hubs and headquarter are at bole international airport in Addis Ababa, from where it serve a network of 125 passenger destinations. Ethiopian airline is also the worlds 4th largest airline by number of countries served.
AIR PEACE : Air peace is relatively a new airline in Nigeria. The airline started operation in 2013, just about 3 years go. However, it has proved itself to be a leader in the industry and it has everything required in an international airline.it has its operation base at Murtala Muhammed international airport. The airline has up to 9 aircrafts in its fleet. They however ply 6 destination across the globe. They have their headquarters located at Ikeja, Lagos. Website: www.flyairpeace.com
Overland Airways –One of the best airline in Nigeria is Overland Airways, Founded in 2002, they are based in Ikeja, Lagos state with their main base at Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos.
With a clear vision to be a successful Airline with global coverage through a strong Base operation supplemented with partnerships and alliances, Overland airways have stayed true to their vision. Also, Overland Airways was awarded the Leading Air Commuter Services Operator in Nigeria by the League of Airport and Aviation Correspondents (LAAC) in May 2012. Website: www.overlandairways.com
Azman Airlines Nigeria: Azman was established in the year 2010 by Mallam Abdulmunaf Yunusa Sarina. Their headquarter is located at 1, Zaria road, Kano, Kano state. Azman started offering Local flights in Nigeria in 2014. It has a fleet size of 5 and has over 8 destinations. Their r local flight services include the following routes: Lagos to Abuja, Lagos to Kebbi, Lagos to Maiduguri, Lagos to Kano Abuja to Gombe. The airline has a slogan that says “FLY SAFE, FLY AZMAN” It has its hub located at Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport. Website: www.airazman.com
Dana Airline Airlines Nigeria: Dana Airlines Limited, Murtala Muhammad Airport Terminal 2, has its headquarter located at 51, Allen Avenue, Ikeja, Lagos state. It was founded in the year 2008. Dana is one of the local airlines in Nigeria which has had its share of incidents that has lead to its license been suspended and restored (September 2012), It has made news when one of its planes crashed into a two-story building at Ishaga (June 2012) and other unfortunate events (0ctober 2013). It had been resilient through it all and resumed operations, again (January 2014), and has a fleet size of 6, and not only offers domestic flights in Nigeria with destinations including Lagos, Abuja, Kaduna, Owerri, Port Harcourt, and Uyo, it offers an international flight to Accra. Dana claims to be “THE SMARTEST WAY TO FLY” airline for flights in Nigeria. And also Dana Airlines Ltd, Murtala Muhammad Airport 2 (MMA2), Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria. Visit us @ our Website: www.flydanaair.com
First Nation Airways: First nation airline, one of the local airlines in Nigeria, was founded by Mr Kayode Odukoya, ex CEO of Bellview airline (used to be one of the local airlines in Nigeria), in 2011.It has been reported that 90% of this airline is owned by ex-governor Bola Ahmed Tinubu. It has a fleet size of 1 and offers flight to Lagos from Abuja and vice versa. Website: http://www.flyfirstnation.com/
Kabo Travels: Kabo travels has a number on the list of privately-owned local airlines in Nigeria. The company, founded in 1980, started its aviation journey back in 1981.As at 2009, it offered flight to Abuja from Kano, international flights to Cairo, Dubai, and Jeddah were not excluded. Report (March 2017) states that it does not operate scheduled services instead is majorly involved in charter operations (especially pilgrim flights).It has a fleet size of 3, and its headquarter is located at Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano state.