International Airlines in Nigeria: Full List

Nigeria has quite a number of airports with so many airlines operating there.  Some of them are operating on local or domestic services only and some of them are operating both domestic and international services.


In this write-up, you will be shown which of these airlines operate domestic air services and the ones that operate both local and international airline services.

Domestic/local airlines in Nigeria

  • ADC Airline Plc
  • Air Nigeria
  • Arik Air
  • Bellview Airline
  • EAS Airlines
  • Aero Contractors
  • Allied air
  • Associated Aviation
  • Capital Airlines
  • Dornier Aviation Nigeria
  • Kabo Air

List of all international airlines operating in Nigeria

  • Arik Air
  • Air Nigeria
  • Allied air
  • IRA Airlines
  • Pan African Airlines
  • Air Afrique
  • Air France
  • KLM
  • Air India
  • Atlantic Express
  • Alitalia
  • British Airways
  • Bellview Airlines
  • China Southern Airlines
  • Delta Airlines
  • Emirates
  • Egypt Air
  • Ethiopia Airlines
  • Ghana Airways
  • Kenya Airways
  • Lufthansa German Airlines
  • Middle West Airways
  • Qatar Airways
  • Saudi Air
  • South African Airlines
  • Turkish Airlines
  • Virgin Atlantic
  • Virgin Nigeria

Arik Air

This is among the most popular among all the international airlines in Nigeria.  It was founded in 2002 and it started operation on the 30th October, 2006.  It operates from Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport as well as Kotoka International Airport.

The airline has up to 23 aircrafts in its fleet. It equally places up to 6 international destinations.  It is an extension of a company called Ojemai Investments Nigeria Limited. Its website is at  It is very popular and it equally provides local air flights as well as international.

Aero Contractor

This is yet another very popular airline operator in Nigeria.  It had been around for a very long time, longer than the like of Arik Air. The company was actually founded in 1959.  Its operation hub is located at Murtala Muhammed International Airport.

Its lounge can be located at Heritage Lounge.  The airline has up to 7 aircrafts in its fleet and it travels to 13 different designations across the world. The company is an extension of Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria. This company only owns 60% of the airline, making it the main shareholder. Its website is at

Air Peace

Air Peace is relatively a new airline in Nigeria. The airline started operation in 2013, just about 3 years ago. 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 destinations across the globe.  They have their headquarters located at Ikeja, Lagos.  Website of the airline is at

Allied Air

Allied Air is yet another very popular international airline in Nigeria.  It is a cargo airline actually and it focuses, not only on transporting passengers, but on transporting cargos from one end of the country to another and they fly international routes too.

The airline has up to 3 aircrafts in its fleet. Headquarters is located at Lagos, Nigeria.  Website is at  The company as founded in 1998. It got recapitalized, like every other airlines operating before 30th of April 2007.  Some of the destinations they visit are Malabo, Entebbe, Monrovia, Freetown and Accra. Equally, they fly to Liege.

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Associated Aviation

They started operation in 1996. They operate from Murtala Muhammed International Airport. The airline has up to 3 aircrafts in their fleet their parent company is Associated Aviation Limited and they have headquarters at Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria.

This is yet another cargo airline.  In 2008 anyway, the company was bought by a new set of investors and these investors launched more routes to extend the number of destinations plied by the aircraft. You can get to know more about them from .

Dana Air

This is yet another very popular airline operator in Nigeria. It was founded in 2008. It might have come later than a number of other airlines, but it is still far head of several others in terms of quality service delivery it operates from  Murtala Muhammed International Airport too, like several other airline operators in Nigeria. Dana Air has up to 6 aircrafts in its fleet and it plies up to 4 international routes.   They also fly to 4 destinations in foreign lands.  Their website is at  The airline operates both local and international flight activities.

Air Nigeria

This airline started operation in 2004.  They actually started out as Virgin Nigeria.  The actual flight activity started on the 28th of June, 2012.   Operation base is at Murtala Muhammed International Airport.

There are up to 12 airplanes in the fleet of this airline and they ply up to 19 different routes, both domestic and international.  Parent company is Nicon Group, and the company owns up to 50% shares in the airline.  Virgin Atlantic Airways however owns the remaining 50%.


KLM is an international airline. It is owned by the Dutch government and it was founded on the 7th of October 1919.  Purpose of its establishment was to serve the people of Netherlands.  Since its inception till date, the airline had never changed its name; it is still operating under its name, KLM since it was founded in 1919 till date. They however merged with Air France in 2004 to form Air France KLM. The two had been together since then till now.  The airline belongs to the KLM group and it actually forms the core of the group.

Air France

Air France is an international airline belonging to the French government.  They have so many aircrafts in their care. Their aircrafts are divided into long haul fleet, medium haul fleet, regional fleet and cargo fleet. The airline travel to many cities across the world, including Lagos.

Head office is located at rue de Paris and they are undauntedly one of the best the world had ever seen.  At their lounge, they have various services they provide to their passengers, like anti-stress center, vaccination center and many others.

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The airline assures all its clients complete safety during flight.  They provide one of the highest levels of air safety to their passengers and also provide top level flight security. Aircrafts in the company’s fleet are consistently maintained and this makes them one of the best in the world.

Bellview Airline

This is undoubtedly one of the best in the world while it held sway. It began operation in 1992. It is however unfortunate that it has ceased from operation since 2009.  It operated from Murtala Muhammed International Airport and the airline has up to 13 aircrafts in its fleet.

Their website is  It was operating then as Bellview Travels Limited. It had its base in Lagos, Nigeria.  The airline operated both domestic and international. Bellview however plans to come back into the market and it is planning to liaise with the British Airways to provide top class services to its teeming passengers.

There are plans under way also to purchase new aircrafts or to lease new ones from Ibera Airlines.  The company equally plans to extend its services to as far as Asia.

Qatar Airway

This is yet another international airline operating in Nigeria. The company belongs to the Qatar government and it has proved to be one of the best in the world over the years.

Qatar airways ply a number of  routes and destination, Ras Al Khaimah in UAE, Sydney in Australia, Boston in USA, Birmingham in UK, Adelaide in Australia, Yerevan in Armenia, Atlanta in USA, Marrakech in Morocco, Pisa in Italy, Windhoek in Namibia, Helsinki in Finland, Krabi in Thailand and Seychelles.

In addition, the airline plans to add more routes, like Auckland in New Zealand, Skopje in Macedonia, Sarajevo in Bosnia, Nice in France, Douala in Cameroon, Libreville in Gabon and Lusaka in Zambia.

Delta airlines

They started operation on the 30th of May, 1924.  Former name of the company was Huff daland Dusters. Actual flight operation started on the 17th of June, 1929.

The airline operates from a number of locations, like Amsterdam airport Schiphol, Charles de Gaulle airport, Cincinatti Northern Kentucky International Airport, Detroit Metropolitan Airport and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

Others are John F. Kennedy International Airport, LaGuardia Airport, Logan International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport, Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport, Narita International Airport, Salt Lake City International Airport and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Raleigh-Durham International Airport is their main focus.


Emirate is yet another foreign airline with operation in Nigeria.  The airline plies more than 150 destinations across the globe. Some of their destinations include Dubai, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Lagos, Hong Kong, Singapore, Sydney and so on.

\The airline operates economy class, business class   and first class. Their rates are also highly affordable. Customer service is also one of the best in the world. They travel to 38 locations in Africa, 28 locations in Middle East and 98 locations in Asia & Pacific.


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