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Top 5 International Airlines in Nigeria

by Gift/February 25 11:41 AM Last updated on Nigerians have several reasons to travel to countries all around the world. This could be for business-related matters, holidays and vacations, study, tours and a whole lot of other things. Thankfully, Nigeria is one of the West-African countries that can boast of functional airlines, both local and international. So, if you are confused about the airline to take on your next trip out of Nigeria, check out the most popular international airlines in Nigeria. Their routes, prices and other services included. Qatar Airways Qatar Airways is an airline owned by the Government of Qatar. It has its headquarters at Qatar Airways Towers, Doha, Qatar. The airline was established in 1993 but started operations in 1994. They have a fleet size of 244 aircraft which travels to over 170 destinations across Africa, Asia, Europe, and a number of countries. Passengers can choose to book either the first class, business class or economy class for a trip. Each of these classes provides varying levels of entertainment, comfort, and refreshments which is to ensure that the passenger gets to their destination without stress. Even though Qatar Airways is not a Nigerian based Airline, they can be contacted through any of the following ways: Address: 11th floor, Standard Chartered Bank Building, 142 Ahmadu Bello Way Victoria Island Lagos, Nigeria. 1st floor Murtala Mohammed International Airport Phone number: + 234-1-2798888Website: Virgin Atlantic Virgin Atlantic Airways Limited was founded in 1984 and has been in operation since then. It is a British Airline with its headquarters in Crawley, England. The airline currently has a fleet size of 45 which is a mixed fleet of Airbus and Boeing wide-body aircraft. They are known to fly to over 30 destinations in several countries. This airline is one of the known international airlines in Nigeria. Although they also travel domestically to Lagos and Port Harcourt, they are more popular for flights outside of Nigeria. There are three classes with which the airline operates: the Economy class, premium class and upper-class. They also issue tickets for return-trip, one-way and multi-city trips. The airline was the first ever to offer personal entertainment for passengers in all classes. This has only continued to get better over the years. They are known to offer delicious cuisines, entertainment, refreshments, friendly service, and every other service to make your trip amazing. They also make provisions for your pets, cargo, and perishable goods. Virgin Atlantic routes from Nigeria are as follows: London, Manchester, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Atlanta, Boston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Orlando, San Francisco, Seatle, Washington DC, Antigua, Barbados, Cuba, Grenada, Jamaica, St Lucia, Tobago, Cancun, Delhi, Hong Kong, Shanghai, China, Hong Kong, India, and Dubai. Contact details Lagos Office Address: The Place, 25 Mobolaji Bank Anthony Way, Ikeja, Lagos.Phone Numbers: +234 (0) 14483000 ; +234 (0) 1 4612747Website: Most international flights require you to have a visa, however, there are certain countries Nigerians can travel to visa-free. Click here for the full list of the 45 countries Nigerians can visit without a visa. Arik Air Arik Air is a Nigerian owned airline which started operations in 2006. It operates mainly from two hubs, the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos and Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja. Arik Air initially traveled to only local destinations within Nigeria. Gradually they expanded their roots to other countries such as United States, United Kingdom, European countries, Trinidad and Tobago and certain African countries. However, in 2017, the airline was taken over by the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) and since the takeover, all flights leaving Africa were stopped and are currently not in operation. The airline is still one of the most popular international airlines in Nigeria for destinations in West Africa. They currently run the following routes outside Nigeria: Ghana (Accra), Liberia (Harbel), Senegal (Diass-Blaisse Diagne intl (DSS)). Passengers traveling to any of these countries can do so on a one-way trip or with a return trip ticket. The return trip ticket is usually cheaper but you must know your return date before you travel in order to book a return trip ticket. Below are the average prices of a one-way trip ticket for the popular routes Arik Air runs. All ticket prices are in Nigerian Naira. Routes Economy class (NGN) Business class (NGN) Lagos to Accra 43,047 146,286 Lagos to Harbel, Liberia 86,823 205,018 Lagos to Senegal (DSS) 112,359 429,006 Abuja to Accra 79,527 213,409 Abuja to Harbel, Liberia 127,681 312,999 Abuja to Senegal 210,490 545,012 Port Harcourt to Accra 82,792 230,573 One of the benefits of booking your trip with Arik Air is that you can use the Arik Air Book on Hold option. This allows you to choose your preferred seat on the flight and then pay later using Quickteller of E-Bills. You can contact Arik Air through any of the following ways: Visiting their head office at Arik Aviation center, Muritala Muhammed Airport, Ikeja, Lagos.Calling their customer care on 01-279-9999Checking out their website on The extensive price list of the local routes that Arik Air travels can be found here. Fly Emirates Emirates is a state-owned airline that is based in Garhoud, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It has been in operation for well over 30 years and has been able to spread its root far and wide. The airline has about 270 fleets that travel to 159 different destinations across 80 countries. Emirates is the world's fourth-largest airline by revenue-passenger kilometers flown and second-largest in terms of freight tonne kilometers flown. It is also one of the most popular international airlines in Nigeria. They travel to about 139 destinations from the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos and Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja. They travel to the following 16 countries in Africa: Algeria, Egypt, Angola, Ethiopia, Kanya, Mauritius, Morocco, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, Zimbabwe, and Zambia. Those who want to travel to Asia and the pacific can travel with Emirates to several destinations in any of the following countries: Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Maldives, New Zealand, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines, Seychelles, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. Nigerians would also find flights from Lagos or Abuja to these European countries: Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, and the United Kingdom. Other countries they fly to are Argentina, Canada, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, United States, Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. Most of these countries have cities in them where Emirate Airlines directly flies to. The price of each flight depends on your destination, booking date if it a one-way trip, round trip or multi-city trip and your flight class (economy, business, first-class). Regardless of how much you pay for your flight, you would enjoy luxury during your trip. Their aircraft are equipped with the latest 3D technology, you get served amazing dishes, the air hostesses are super friendly, in fact, you are to expect to be pampered. Emirates airline can be contacted through any the following ways: Lagos address: Churchgate Building, 4th Floor, Plot PC 30, Churchgate Street, Victoria Island, Lagos.Abuja address: 1st Floor, Churchgate Plaza 473, Constitution Avenue Central Business District FCT, Abuja.Telephone number: +234 1 460 99 49Website: Kenya Airways Kenya Airways is one of the leading airlines in Africa. It is commonly known as the pride of Africa. Among the international airlines in Nigeria, Kenya Airways hold a prominent spot. The airline company was founded in 1977 after the dissolution of East African Airways. Its head office is located in Embakasi, Nairobi, Kenya, and they travel to about 53 destinations. From Nigeria particularly Muritala Muhammed International Airport, Kenya airways flys to 45 different destinations. They have three different kinds of flight classes which are the economy class, economy flex class, and economy super flex class. Each of these classes cost differently and have varying levels of comfort. The popular routes traveled by Kenya Airways from Muritala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos and their estimated ticket prices are as follows: Kenya, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Rwanda, Uganda, Mauritius, United States, India, Tanzania, Seychelles, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Madagascar, Somalia, Republic of Djibouti, Senegal, Thailand, Benin, China, Netherlands, Angola, Republic of the Congo, Cameroon, France, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Zambia, Ethiopia, Malawi, Central African Republic, Hong Kong Regional, Gabon, Burundi, Mayotte, South Sudan, Mali, Democratic Republic of Congo, Itlay, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Switzerland, Comoros, and Sudan. Kenya Airways (Nigeria office) contact details: City Office: Address: Total Air Logistics Limited, 45A Oduduwa Way, GRA Ikeja, Lagos.Phone number: +2348135175708, +2349027176183Email address: [email protected] Airport Office: Address: Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos.Phone number: +234 1271 1555 / 556 Website: Please note that every price on this page are estimated ticket prices for one-way trips only. Additional fees such as baggage fees, tax, and the likes might be included in the total fee you would pay for your flight. All ticket prices are also subject to frequent changes based on the exchange rate.

Top 5 local airlines in Nigeria

by Gift/February 25 10:23 AM Last updated on Safety is the foremost thing on every average traveler?s mind. Everyone wants to return to their normal lives at the end of their trip and as such people tend to go for the airline that is known to have lesser casualties. They also tend to prefer airlines that provide comfort, stress-free trip and fewer delays in addition to safety. Thankfully, there are a couple of local airlines in Nigeria which have been certified to provide all these. Let?s take a detailed at these trusted airlines and the services they provide. 1. Arik air Top of our list is Arik air. The airline was founded in 2002 but did not commence operation until October 2006. It is one of the leading local airlines in Nigeria. Their headquarters is located at Arik Air Aviation Center, Muritala Muhammed Airport Lagos, Nigeria. Apart from flying locally, they are also known to ply international routes with hubs at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport and Kotoka International Airport. They currently operate with a fleet size of 22 which is made up of Boeing 737-700 (9 aircraft), Boeing 737-800 (4 aircraft), Bombardier CRJ900 (4 aircraft), Bombardier CRJ1000 (1 aircraft) and De Havilland Dash 8-400 with 2 aircraft. These aircraft can carry from as little as 72 passengers to up to 149 passengers. It is possible to check-in online from 24 hours before your flight up until 2 hours before take-off time. This is however for only selected flights, other passengers would have to check-in at the airport after which they proceed to scan their luggage. All passengers are allowed to have one hand luggage which should weigh 6kg. In cases where the luggage exceeds this, it would be stored in the hold. Being one of the local airlines in Nigeria, if you have a bag that weighs a maximum of 30kg, you might be required to pay excess baggage fees depending on your destination and class of travel. However, you are allowed to have as much as 10 baggage in total. Passengers can book a flight for either roundtrip which covers to and fro journey or one way which covers only going or only returning. One way flights are known to be more expensive than roundtrips. The ticket prices vary based on your class of travel (economy or business) when you book your flight, travel destination and the take-off time you choose. Prices of tickets tend to be higher if you book less than 48 hours before your flight date. The most travelled local routes by Arik Air and their average prices in Nigerian Naira for a one-way trip are: Popular routes Average price (Economy class) Average Price( Business class) Lagos-Abuja 19,277 60,360 Lagos-Port Harcourt 19,227 57,981 Lagos-Asaba 21,526 21,526 Lagos-Bauchi 36,987 - Lagos-Benin 19,227 49,873 Lagos-Gombe 41,126 - Lagos-Jos 23,716 57,650 Lagos-Kaduna 22,056 52,145 Lagos-Owerri 21,318 - Lagos-Sokoto 37,169 - Lagos-Warri 24,091 58,105 Lagos-Yola 37,584 - Abuja-Lagos 21,024 58,940 Abuja-Port Harcourt 21,614 57,990 Abuja-Bauchi 36,235 - Abuja-Benin 20,770 50,100 Abuja-Gombe 26,248 - Abuja-Ibadan 41,773 - Abuja-Ilorin 40,818 - Abuja-Sokoto 20,387 - Abuja- Warri 21,636 51,464 Abuja-Yola 20,835 - Port Harcourt-Lagos 20,496 56,172 Port Harcourt- Abuja 21,614 57,990 Asaba-Lagos 20,026 - Bauchi-Lagos 59,979 - Bauchi-Abuja 36,235 - Benin-Lagos 20,318 48,373 Benin-Abuja 20,770 50,100 Gombe-Lagos 35,487 - Gombe-Abuja 26,248 - Ibadan-Abuja 41,773 - Ilorin-Abuja 40,818 - Jos-Lagos 22,216 56,150 Kaduna-Lagos 20,556 50,645 Owerri-Lagos 19,818 - Sokoto-Lagos 35,669 - Sokoto-Abuja 20,387 - Warri-Lagos 24,091 58,105 Warri-Abuja 23,136 52,964 Yola-Lagos 36,084 - Yola-Abuja 20,835 - Contact Details Address: Arik Aviation Centre, Muritala Muhammed Airport (Domestic Wing), Ikeja, Lagos. Phone Number: 01 279 9999 Website: 2. Med-View Airline Med view airlines popularly known as the airline of Nigeria began operation in 2007, a year after Arik Air began. They initially started as a charter airline for transporting pilgrims from Nigeria to Saudi Arabia and Jeddah for Hajj but now offer other international and local services.  As a local airline in Nigeria, Med-View Airline runs about 8 scheduled routes which are Abuja, Lagos, Enugu, Maiduguri, Port Harcourt, Kano, Kaduna and Yola. The flight prices range from N22,499 to N75,399 for a one-way trip. Currently, Med-View Airline can boast of having 1 Boeing 767-300ER, 2 Boeing 737-400 and 1 Boeing 737-500 and they continue to expand their fleet of aircraft. Their focus is to deliver top-notch service and world-class safety. The airline established a reward system for every passenger in order to encourage them. It is tagged the Blue Flyer Program. Every mile the passenger covers is exchanged for tickets which grants them some additional benefits. The level miles are valid until 31st December each year and resets every 1st January. This membership is in three levels: Gold: grants VIP lounge access, priority boarding, and check-in transfers, extra baggage allowance, etcSilver: grants priority boarding, check-ins, and transfers.Bronze: allows the passenger to choose seat preference when possible. Other services which the airline engages in includes: Cargo Import / ExportAircraft CharterProvideTravel AgentsGround HandlingAirport Protocol Services 3. Air Peace Air peace is regarded as the least expensive local airline in Nigeria. Even at that, their flight and trip quality is one of the best. It is privately owned and was founded in 2013 with the Muritala Muhammed Airport, Lagos as its headquarters. Air Peace was recently certified by IOSA as the best domestic airline of the year. Also known as Peace Bird they currently have 23 fleets of aircraft which are 8 Boeing 737-300, 5 Boeing 737-500 SP, 1 Boeing 737-800, 1 Boeing 777-200ER, 2 Boeing 777-300, 1 Dornier 328 and 6 Embraer ERJ-145. These aircraft are used to convey passengers and for charter services to major airports/aerodromes in Nigeria. They also fly to some international countries such as the USA, South Africa, Senegal, UAE, India, Israel, and China. The airline provides a reward system for customers known as Peace Advantage. To become a member, you should have flown with Air Peace at least three or more times and must be at least 16 years of age. After registration, you begin to earn a reward currency called peace points. These peace points are valid for an indefinite period of time and can be used to upgrade to another flight class. You would get the full benefit (extra baggage space, meals, etc.) of any flight class you upgraded to. The popular routes of the airline and estimated ticket price for a one-way flight are as follows: Popular routes Estimated Fee in Nigerian Naira Abuja to Akure 23,300 Abuja to Asaba 23,300 Abuja to Benin 23,300 Abuja to Calabar 23,300 Abuja to Kano 23,300 Abuja to Lagos 23,300 Abuja to Owerri 23,300 Abuja to Port Harcourt 23,300 Abuja to Uyo 23,300 Abuja to Warri 23,300 Abuja to Yola 23,300 Akure to Abuja 23,300 Akure to Lagos 27,500 Asaba to Abuja 23,300 Asaba to Kano 23,300 Asaba to Lagos 23,300 Benin to Abuja 23,300 Benin to Lagos 23,300 Calabar to Abuja 23,300 Calabar to Lagos 23,300 Enugu to Abuja 23,300 Enugu to Lagos 23,300 Kaduna to Lagos 27,500 Kano to Abuja 23,300 Kano to Asaba 23,300 Kano to Lagos 27,500 Kano to Owerri 23,300 Lagos to Abuja 23,300 Lagos to Akure 27,500 Lagos to Asaba 23,300 Lagos to Benin 23,300 Lagos to Calabar 23,300 Lagos to Enugu 23,300 Lagos to Kaduna 27,500 Lagos to Kano 27,500 Lagos to Owerri 23,300 Lagos to Port Harcourt 23,300 Lagos to Uyo 23,300 Lagos to Warri 23,300 Lagos to Yola 27,500 Owerri to Abuja 23,300 Owerri to Kano 23,300 Owerri to Lagos 23,300 Port Harcourt to Abuja 23,300 Port Harcourt to Lagos 23,300 Uyo to Abuja 23,300 Uyo to Lagos 23,300 Warri to Abuja 23,300 Warri to Lagos 23,300 Yola to Abuja 23,300 Yola to Lagos 27,500 Contact Details Office Address: 25, Sobo Arobiodu Street GRA, Ikeja Phone Number: 0700FLYAIRPEACE or 070035924773223, 08140409808 (WhatsApp messages only) Email: [email protected] Website: Are you travelling to Calabar and need a place to stay? Check out hotels in Calabar here. 4. Dana Air Dana Air is another one of the local airlines in Nigeria which has become a popular choice among Nigerians. It is based in Murtala Muhammed Airport, Ikeja, Lagos and has only 5 aircraft. These are 1 Boeing 737-500 and 4 McDonnell Douglas MD-83. It is currently known as the most reliable airline in Nigeria. Dana Air operates as a domestic carrier with the following destinations: Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, and Uyo. As one of the most popular local airlines in Nigeria, they specialize in providing services to make customer's trips easier. These services include a WhatsApp chat account where customers can make reservations, get flight updates, request flight upgrade, book and pay later and a whole lot more. They also have a mobile app and occasionally issue promo codes. You can purchase a ticket for either Round trip, One way or multi-city. However, below is the one-way ticket price and routes (all prices are in Nigerian Naira): Routes Economy Discount Economy Saver Economy Flexible Business Saver Business Flexible Abuja to Lagos 20,700 28,800 39,600 55,800 81,000 Abuja to Owerri 20,700 28,800 39,600 55,800 81,000 Abuja to Port Harcourt 20,700 28,800 39,600 55,800 81,000 Lagos to Abuja 20,700 28,800 39,600 55,800 81,000 Lagos to Owerri 20,700 28,800 39,600 55,800 81,000 Lagos to Port Harcourt 20,700 28,800 39,600 55,800 81,000 Lagos to Uyo 16,200 28,800 39,600 55,800 81,000 Owerri to Abuja 20,700 28,800 39,600 55,800 81,000 Owerri to Lagos 20,700 28,800 39,600 55,800 81,000 Port Harcourt to Abuja 20,700 28,800 39,600 55,800 81,000 Port Harcourt to Lagos 20,700 28,800 39,600 55,800 81,000 Uyo to Lagos 16,200 28,800 39,600 55,800 81,000 Contact Details Office Address: Dana Airline Ltd, Murtala Muhammad Airport 2, Ikeja, Lagos Phone number: 0700FLYDANA (07003593262), 01-280-9888, 07051190363(WhatsApp) Email Address: [email protected] Website: 5. Aero Contractors Airline Aero contractors online are among the oldest airlines yet one of the most popular local airlines in Nigeria. It is actually registered as Aero Contractors Company of Nigeria Limited but popularly referred to as Aero Contractors. They are based in the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Ikeja, Lagos. Aero Contractors operate in two types of wings. The fixed-wing which are domestic and international passenger schedules, air charter and the rotary-wing which provides helicopter services across the country. Their popular routes for one way trip and the average ticket prices in Nigerian Naira are as follows: Routes Flexible Economy Business Class Abuja-Asaba 21,645 62,460 Abuja-Kano 21,645 62,460 Abuja-Lagos 21,645 62,460 Abuja-Port Harcourt 21,645 62,460 Abuja-Sokoto 21,645 62,460 Abuja-Warri 28,260 - Abuja-Yola 25,053 62,460 Asaba-Abuja 21,645 62,460 Asaba-Kano 36,333 71,660 Asaba-Lagos 19,088 62,460 Benin-Lagos 19,088 62,460 Kano-Abuja 19,088 62,178 Kano-Asaba 36,333 71,660 Kano-Lagos 21,645 62,178 Lagos-Abuja 23,145 63,960 Lagos-Asaba 23,145 63,960 Lagos-Benin 20,588 63,960 Lagos-Kano 23,145 63,678 Lagos-Port Harcourt 20,588 63,960 Lagos-Sokoto 37,833 73,160 Lagos-Warri 29,760 - Lagos-Yola 37,833 73,160 Port Harcourt-Abuja 21,645 62,460 Port Harcourt-Lagos 21,645 62,460 Sokoto-Abuja 21,645 62,460 Sokoto-Lagos 36,333 71,660 Warri-Abuja 29,760 - Warri-Lagos 29,760 - Yola-Abuja 21,645 62,460 Yola-Lagos 36,333 71,660 Contact Details Office Address: Muritala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos Phone Number: +23416284140 Email Address: [email protected] Website: