Domestic airlines in Nigeria are those airlines operating locally within Nigeria. They fly passengers to the main cities such as Lagos, Abuja, Calabar, and Enugu. Presently in Nigeria, a few notable airlines have made a mark in the aviation industry, and thus distinguished themselves from others. In reviewing the top domestic airlines in Nigeria, some factors need to be taken in to cognizance, such factors as the state of the air crafts used, quality of services by the airlines, and adherence to safety procedures. This article features some of the best domestic airlines in Nigeria, and they are:
1). Arik Air. This is a Nigerian airline operating a domestic, regional, and international flight network. It operates mainly from two hubs at Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos and Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja. Arik Air has built a strong domestic network covering mainly Nigeria and several Western African destinations. It is also a national carrier of Sierra Leone.
2). Aero Contractors. Aero Contractors is a Nigerian airline based at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Ikeja Lagos. It operates domestic and international schedule services, air charter, and thrid party aircraft operations, largely in support of Nigeria’s extensive oil and gas industry. Aero Contractors has two wings; Fixed Wing, for scheduled passenger services in Nigeria and Western |Africa, and Rotary Wing, for the helicopter services for oil and gas industry in Nigeria.
3). Air Nigeria. This airline is the national flag carrier of Nigeria. It operates scheduled regional and domestic passenger services and also based at the Murtala Mohammed International airport Lagos. The airline is kind of a replacement for the defunct Nigeria Airways. Its registered office is in Ikoyi, Lagos, while its head office is on the 9th floor of Etiebet’s Place in Ikeja, Lagos state.
4). Overland Airways. Overland airways is an airline based in Lagos. It operates domestic services from Lagos and Ibadan. Its main base is the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos, with a hub at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja. Overland Airways flies to 5 domestic destinations, and maintains a fleet of 6 air crafts.
5). Dana Air. Dana Air is based in Ikeja Lagos state and flies to 5 domestic destinations as well. Its fleet includes 4 McDonnell Douglas. The domestic destinations it covers are; Abuja, Lagos, Calabar, Port Harcourt, and Uyo.
It is totally essential to take note of safety, service quality, and air crafts when choosing an airline for flying generally as earlier said. It is no doubt these mentioned top domestic airlines in Nigeria can give one hope of flying safely in comfort and style.