The aviation sector in Nigeria is one of the most important sectors in the transportation. There are series of domestic airlines in Nigeria. Most of these airlines operates domestic flights within Nigeria. Here is a list of the top 10 domestic airlines in Nigeria.
1. Air Peace
Air Peace was founded by Allen Onyema in 2013. Air Peace offers commercial and charter services across the major cities in Nigeria. Air Peace is the largest domestic airline in Nigeria with a total of 26 fleets and covers a 20 destinations as at October 2020.
2. Arik Air
Arik Air is one of the top domestic airlines in Nigeria. Arik Air was founded in 2009 by Michael Arumemi-Ikhide. Arik Air is a subsidiary of Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria. Arik Air has a total of 22 fleets and cover 16 destinations as at October 2020.
3. Overland Airways
Overland Airways is one of the oldest domestic airlines in Nigeria. Overland Airways was founded in 2002. Overland Airways has a total of 9 fleets and covers 10 destinations as at October 2020.
4. Aero Contractors
Aero Contractors is the oldest domestic airline in Nigeria. Aero Contractors is a state-controlled airline founded in 1959 by by Schreiner Airways B.V. of the Netherlands. However, was sold to to Ibru family in 2010. Ado Sanusi is the CEO of Aero Contractors. Aero Contractors operates across 13 cities with 7 fleets as at October 2020.
5. Max Air
Max Air is one of Nigeria’s leading domestic and international airline operators in Nigeria. Max Air was founded in 2008 by Alhaji Dahiru Barau Mangal. Max Air has a total of 6 fleets and covers 9 destinations including Jeddah
6. Dana Air
Dana Air was founded in 2008 by Mr. Jacky Hathiramani, an Indian-Nigerian. With Lagos as its headquarters, Dana Air operates across 6 cities in Nigeria with 6 fleets as at October 2020.
7. MedView Airline
MedView Airline is a charter airline founded in 2007. MedView mainly operated as Hajj flight. However, in 2012, it commenced operations as passenger flights. MedView operates with 5 fleets across 13 destinations as at October 2020.
8. Azman Air
Azman Air Services Limited was founded in 2010 by Abdulmunaf Yunusa Sarina. Azman Air operates with 5 fleets across 11 destinations in Nigeria.
9. Ibom Air
Ibom Air is a government owned airline. Ibom Air was founded in 2019 by the Akwa Ibom State government. It has its headquarters in Uyo. Ibom Air operates across 5 cities with 5 fleets as at October 2020.
10. Allied Air
Allied Air is a Nigerian cargo airline. It operates scheduled and charter services. It was founded in 1998 by Val Tonga. Allied Air operates with 3 fleets across 5 destinations as at October 2020.