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56 Airlines In Nigeria That Are Now Defunct

Nwogbunyama Emeka

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There are so many airlines in Nigeria that are now defunct, and this includes the nation’s national carrier – Nigeria Airways.

Over the years, there are challenges which made these airlines close down operations in Nigeria. The challenges, which include internal and external environmental factors, made it difficult for these airlines to continue operations, hence, their close down.

In the last 50 years of commercial air travel in Nigeria , over four dozens of airlines have come and gone as a result of politics, mismanagement of funds, corruption,high cost of aviation fuel or financial loss.





Aviation experts over the years have expressed worry over the development in the aviation industry; which they said portended bleak future for the industry in Nigeria.

In this article, you’ll see all the airlines that once operated in Nigeria but are not defunct.

1. ADC Airlines

The ADC Airline was founded in 1984 and ceased operations in 2006. It operated domestic scheduled services and regional charter flights. Aviation Development Company plc were the owner of this airline.

2. African International Airways

The airline commenced operations in 1971 and ceased operations in 1972.

3. African Trans Air

It commenced operations in 1992 and ceased operations in 1995.

4. Afrijet Airlines

It commenced operations in 1998 and ceased operations in 2009.

5. Afrimex

It commenced operations in 1994 and ceased operations in 2003.





6. Air Atlantic Cargo

It commenced operations in 1994 and ceased operations in 1999.

7. Air Nigeria

It commenced operations in 2010 and ceased operations in 2012.

8. Albarka Air

It commenced operations in 1999 and ceased operations in 2005.

9. Al-Dawood Air

It commenced operations in 2001 and ceased operations in 2005.

10. Amed Air

It commenced operations in 1994 and ceased operations in 1996.

11. Amako Air

It commenced operations in 2002 and ceased operations in 2003.

12. Arax Airlines

It commenced operations in 1977 and ceased operations in 1988.

13. Axiom Air

It commenced operations in 2009 and ceased operations in 2011.

14. Barnax Air

It commenced operations in 1991 and ceased operations in 1992.

15. Bellview Airlines

It commenced operations in 1992 and ceased operations in 2010.

16. Capital Airlines

It commenced operations in 2003 and ceased operations in 2010.

17. Central Airlines

It commenced operations in 1980 and ceased operations in 1982.

18. Chanchangi Airlines

It commenced operations in 1994 and ceased operations in 2017.

19. Chrome Air Service

It commenced operations in 1997 and ceased operations in 2006.

20. Dasab Airlines

It commenced operations in 2001 and ceased operations in 2006.

21. Earth Airlines

It commenced operations in 2001 and ceased operations in 2004.

22. EAS Airlines

It commenced operations in 1993 and ceased operations in 2006.

23. EAS Cargo Airlines

It commenced operations in 1987 and ceased operations in 1992.

24. Easy Link Aviation

It commenced operations in 2001 and ceased operations in 2007.

25. First Nation Airways

It commenced operations in 2010 and ceased operations in 2018.

26. Flash Airlines

It commenced operations in 1985 and ceased operations in 1995.

27. Freedom Air Services

It commenced operations in 1998 and ceased operations in 2005.

28. Fresh Air

It commenced operations in 1999 and ceased operations in 2006.

29. GAS Air Nigeria

It commenced operations in 1973 and ceased operations in 2000.

30. Hamsal Air

It commenced operations in 2008 and ceased operations in 2009.

31. Hamzair

It commenced operations in 1983 and ceased operations in 1983.

32. Harco Air Services

It commenced operations in 1993 and ceased operations in 1998.

33. Hold-Trade Air

It commenced operations in 1991 and ceased operations in 2000.

34. IAT Cargo

It commenced operations in 1985 and ceased operations in 1987.

35. IAT Cargo Airlines

It commenced operations in 1994 and ceased operations in 1998.

36. Intercontinental Airlines

It commenced operations in 1978 and ceased operations in 1990.

37. Kabo Air

It commenced operations in 1975 and ceased operations in 2016.

38. Mangal Airlines

It commenced operations in 2006 and ceased operations in 2008.

39. Meridian Airlines

It commenced operations in 2004 and ceased operations in 2008.

40. Nicon Airways

It commenced operations in 1971 and ceased operations in 2003.

41. Nigeria Airways

It commenced operations in 1971 and ceased operations in 2003.

42. Nigeria One

It commenced operations in 2013 and ceased operations in 2013.

43. Okada Air

It commenced operations in 1982 and ceased operations in 2002.

44. Overnight Cargo Nigeria

It commenced operations in 1993 and ceased operations in 1994.

45. Pan African Airlines

It commenced operations in 1961 and ceased operations in 2000.

46. Premium Air Shuttle

It commenced operations in 1995 and ceased operations in 2006.

47. Skypower Express Airways

It commenced operations in 1985 and ceased operations in 2007.

48. Slok Air International

It commenced operations in 1996 and ceased operations in 2004.

49. Sosoliso Airlines

It commenced operations in 1994 and ceased operations in 2006.

50. Space World International Airlines

It commenced operations in 2002 and ceased operations in 2006.

51. Trans Sahara Air

It commenced operations in 2001 and ceased operations in 2004.

52. Trans-Air Services

It commenced operations in 1992 and ceased operations in 1994.

53. Triax Airlines

It commenced operations in 1992 and ceased operations in 2000.

54. UAS Cargo

It commenced operations in 1985 and ceased operations in 1987.

55.Virgin Nigeria

It commenced operations in 2004 and ceased operations in 2009.

56. Wings Aviation

It commenced operations in 2001 and ceased operations in 2012.





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