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Best Local Airlines in Nigeria

In this post, you will see the 10 Best local airlines in Nigeria. Here you will see their top-flight destinations, cost of fares, customer services, and other features.

Nigerians and that resident in Nigeria may be wondering as to whether there are some local airlines operating in the country that can actually be considered as being the best local airlines. However, there are a number of local airlines in Nigeria that can be considered as being better than some others.

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Nevertheless, the Nigeria’s airline market is working towards getting better, and it is also working toward making sure that it improved passengers travel experience.

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Passengers are actually looking for affordability,  and timeliness, and comfort as well as, refreshment. That out of the way, a number of airlines are trying to change the games, and this innovation is worthy of note, and the

airlines embarking on this innovation should be considered the best or the most popular local airlines in the country.

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10 Best local airlines in Nigeria

1. Air Peace Airline

Services offered by the Air Peace incude, Economy Class, and Premium Economy, as well as, Business Class. There is provision in the airline, where passengers are allowed to check-in luggages that wished up to 25kg in Economy Class. But in Business Class there is increased allowance of about 40kg of checked+in luggage.

If you are an adult, you are allowed to carry a piece of hand luggage that weigh about 6kg and 10kg in both Economy class and  Business Class respectively. The approximate size is about 45x33x20 cm including a carry-on purse or a handbag.

There is a loyalty program also, which the airline operates, it is called “Peace Advantage”. A customers, who earned the Peace Advantage program can be rewarded or be redeemed for air travel.

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Destinations serves by Air Peace Airline includes, Abuja, and Calabar, and Enugu, and Benin City, and Lagos, and Owerri as well as, Port Harcourt.

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2. Azman

Azman Air Services is known for operating  domestic passenger services that are scheduled and its major base is in Kano, at Mallam Aminu International Airport, Kano state.

Azman airline is known as one of the fastest growing locally owned airlines in the country, and its focus is to make sure it offers world class air services, and good customer relations, and effective online services, including operational competence that has to do with punctuality as well as, safety.

The fleet of aircraft owned by Azman Air services comprises of the B737 series. More so, the airline, of late, has brought new generation aircrafts, and the aircrafts are Boeing 777 series.

Destinations flies to by Azman Air are; Kano, and Abuja, and Lagos, and Kaduna, and Yola, and Maiduguri, and Kebbi, as well as, Portharcourt.

More so, passengers are allowed to check-in luggage weighing 20kg in Economy Class. Allowance is increased in Business Class up to 30 kg of checked in luggage.

3. MedView Airline

MedView Airline is basically a domestic airline. It also operate regionally, mainly at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos state. MedView Airline is also known and called, “the airline of Nigeria”.

The airline was actually established in the year, 2007 for the purpose of providing a sort of rescue operations, especially for pilgrims stranded in places, such as, Ilorin, and Lagos, and Sokoto, and Maiduguri as well as, in Yola.

The airline was considered as an aspect of operation, which was directly controlled by the National Hajj Commission authorities (NAHCON).

The airline began domestic commercial services to the Nigerian travel market, sometimes in the year 2012. Destinations flies by MedView Airline are; Abuja, and Port Harcourt, and Yola, and Enugu, as well as, Maiduguri all in Nigeria, and by extension, it flies Accra in Ghana, as well as, London-Gatwick Airport in UK.

It was in late 2014, when MedView Airline brought in some new aircrafts, about 5 aircrafts and it comprises of about three Boeing 737-400, and also one Boeing 737-500, as well as, a Boeing 767-300ER.

The airline usually has in place several industry standard baggage allowances for travellers. At least a maximum of 23kg and 40kg for both Economy class domestic flights and business class regional flights respectively.

The MedView Airline is known for its cleanliness and their aircrats are well-maintained, even the cabin crew are dedicated in order to help ensures safety and comfort of all the passengers.

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4. Dana

Dana Air, apart from the airline’s tumultuous history, especially that of 2012 crash, Dana Air is said to make some improvement and has come a long way today.

It was in 2014, when the airline was re-opened for business, and it was as a result of the command made by the Director of Flight Operations, Francois Bouteiller.

The airline is one of the subsidiaries of the Dana Group of Companies, which is known as a private sector-owned carrier, and it is  operating in the country as Dana Air with Headquartered in Ikeja, Lagos state.

The Airline operates many domestic routes in Nigeria, including its charter operations in the country. In its aircrafts, there is this slogan written, “the smartest way to fly”.

The airline is known for its convenient services, as well as its low cost flights. Dana Air involved in the operation of a virtual carrier, which is called, Imo Air, and the operation is scheduled passenger flights, and is regular in Imo State.

Presently, Dana Air has about 5 aircrafts, and these are; one Boeing 737-500 and other four McDonnell Douglas MD-83s, and would soon be replaced, and that would be by a Boeing 737-800.

Dana Air is very optimistic about leasing five Boeing 737-800s from Ryanair just for the purpose of bolstering its fleet in the nearest future possible.

Dana Air has in place different baggage allowances for its travellers. The maximum weight of these baggage allowances are about 30kg for Busines Class, while 23kg is for Economy Class.

For infants, it is about 10kg, while hand luggage should not be more than 6kg or equivalent of 45cm x 33cm x 20cm.

5. Arik Airline

Arik Air plies almost 20 domestic destinations in the country. It has its hubs at Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos state, as well as in Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja.

Arik headquarters is in Lagos. Arik has a fleet of 25 Airbus, and Boeing, and Bombardier, as well as, Hawker planes, they have one-cabin Economy Class and also two-cabin Economy Class and two-cabin Business Class.

Its frequent flyer programme is known and called, ‘Affinity Wings’. The programme points can be earned once someone makes an Arik Air booking.

The frequent flyer programme was actually designed in order to reward its passangers, and the reward comes as free flights, and excess baggage allowance on both international and domestic services rendered by Arik.

Its business travel is quilt pleasurable. Passengers, who fly in Premier Business Class are entitled to relax and also unwind in its exclusive onboard bar and lounge.

For example, there is ‘Kira’ bar just at the centre of the business cabin with bar seat, including surrounding seating area mainly for customers, and the bar is stocked well-known brand name spirits, and red wine  and white wine, and champagne, and soft drinks.

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6. First Nation Airline

This airline operation is scheduled passenger flights, and it flies routes, such as Abuja, and Lagos as well as, Port Harcourt.

The airline is known officially as First Nation Airways Limited, and was established in the year 2011 with headquartered at Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos state.

It has a fleet of three Airbus A319 aircraft, and its focus is domestic. The First Nation airline operates basically on what it calls, the SSS principle.


A number of airlines are trying to change the games, and this innovation is worthy of note, and the airlines embarking on this innovation should be considered the best or the most popular local airlines in the country.

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