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Search and book domestic flights within Nigeria

If you're looking to book flights within Nigeria, Alternative Airlines is the flight search and booking site for you. We ticket all the major airlines, and many of the smaller regional airlines, that operate in Nigeria — including Arik Air, Air Peace, Med View Airlines, Dana Airways and more! Simply use the search bar at the top of the page to search between on any dates and between any destinations within Nigeria.

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When you book flights through Alternative Airlines, you can choose to pay using any of the 160 currencies that we offer, whether that's US Dollars, Euros, Pound Sterling, or even Nigerian Naira. We also offer over 40 payment options, including Airtel. Or, spread the cost with one of our payment plan options.


1. Airlines that operate domestic flights within Nigeria

2. Defunct Airlines of Nigeria

3. Why book domestic flights in Nigeria?

4. Popular routes

5. Nigerian domestic flight faqs


What airlines fly domestically within Nigeria?

Below is a list of all of Nigeria's airlines which operate internal flights:

Arik Air

Arik Air operates one of the most extensive networks in Nigeria, including domestic, regional and international flights. Arik Air has two major hub airports: Murtala Muhammed International Airport, in Lagos, and Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, in Abuja.

Air Peace

Air Peace Airways is a private Nigerian airline, based in Lagos. The airline, which is dedicated to providing a high-class experience for passengers but at affordable prices, serves all the major cities of Nigeria, as well as flying to several West African destinations and the Middle East.

The airline also has a subsidiary, Air Peace Hopper, which was founded in 2018 and is used for smaller domestic and regional routes in Nigeria.

Aero Contractors

Aero Contractors, (known locally as ‘Aero’) is a state-owned and Nigerian airline, based at Murtala Muhammed International Airport, which serves Ikeja, the capital of Lagos State. The airline is solely a domestic airline, connecting commercial hubs and providing locals with reliable, quick transportation between Nigeria’s biggest cities.

Overland Airways

Overland Airways is an airline based in Ikeja, the capital of Lagos State, at Murtala Muhammed International Airport. The airline also has a secondary hub at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, in Abuja, and also connects all major cities in Nigeria.

Dana Air

Dana Air is a small Nigerian airline, also headquartered in Ikeja, at Lagos's Murtala Muhammed International Airport. As well as flying to Accra, ad Abuja, the airline also flies to: Owerri, Port Harcourt, and Uyo.

Max Air

Max Air is a Nigerian airline based in Kano, in Nigeria, with its main hub at Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport (KAN). The airline is the country's longest-serving international airline. From KAN, the airline flies to a number of domestic destinations in Nigeria: Yola, Sokoto, Port Harcourt, Owerri, Maiduguri, Madinah, Katsina, Bauchi, Katsina.

Ibom Air

Ibom Air is another government-owned ran airline, owned by the Akwa Ibom State. Being from the Akwa Ibom State, the airline is based at Victor Attah International Airport, which is in Uyo. The airline connects the Akwa Ibom State with key destinations across Nigeria, including Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Enugu and Calabar.

Azman Air

Azman Air Services Limited is a privately owned airline, based at Kano, at Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport. Some of the destinations that the airline flies to in Nigeria include: Asaba, Maiduguri, Birnin Kebbi, Gombe, and Port Harcourt.

Green Africa Airways

Green Africa Airways is one of the newer airlines in Nigeria. It launched in 2021. Green Africa Airways is based in Lagos and flies to several major destinations across the country, including Port Harcourt, Abua, Owerri, Akure and more.

Kanem Air

Kanem Air is also newer local airline in Nigeria. It launched in 2022, is based at Maiduguri (MIU) Airport and currently only offers domestic flights within the country to destinations such as Kano, Lagos, Yola, Osun, as well as some others.


Defunct Airlines

Air Nigeria

Air Nigeria was the national flag carrier of Nigeria, before ceasing operating in 2012. After the airline stopped operating, a number of private airlines sprung up to take-over the routes previously operated by the airline.

IRS Airlines Limited

IRS Airlines Limited was an airline based in Abuja, Nigeria, before ceasing operations in 2013. The airline flew to destinations including Akwa Ibom, Kano, Kaduna, Port Harcourt, Enugu, Jos, Calabar, Maiduguri. Today, Arik Air and Air Peace operate many of these routes.

Bellview Airlines

Bellview Airlines was an airline headquartered in Ikeja, Lagos State. It operated flights within Africa as well as to London. However, the airline ceased all operations in 2009.


Why book a domestic flight within Nigeria?

Nigeria is well known for its diverse cultures in its population. Hundreds of languages are spoken in the country. The country also has a great number of natural resources especially petroleum and natural gas. Many tourists visit the Yankari National Park, Zuma Rock and the Lekki Market.

Nigeria has a large population of over 190 million people and the country measures more than 356,666 sq mi. Domestic flights are a great way of getting around the large country. Many travellers choose to fly domestically within Nigeria as it's less time consuming and air travel is a much faster way of getting around. Many passengers fly with the airlines as well as other low-cost airlines such as the ones listed below.

What is a domestic airline?

A domestic flight is also known as an 'internal flight', or 'local flight', and are flights that leave and land in the same country. For example, flying from Lagos (LOS) and landing at another destination in Nigeria, for instance, Kano (KAN). These flights are often cheaper than international flights, because of their shorter travel time and costs.

Have a go at searching on Alternative Airlines to see what affordable domestic flights we offer, or it may be that you want to visit lots of different cities in one country and may want to use our multi-city flight planner. You may also like to fly from one city to another without any stopovers and may want to check out our direct flight guide.


Popular internal routes in Nigeria

Flying is an easy way to get around Nigeria. But some routes are busier than others. As you'd expect, flights between the main cities within Nigeria tend to be the busiest. The busiest routes usually depart from Lagos and connect with a secondary city.

What are the most popular local routes within Nigeria?

The following are two of the most popular routes within Nigeria, and even two of the busiest flight routes in Africa. Click each route for more information, including an airline guide, airport information, and FAQs:

Lagos to Benin City

Lagos to Abuja


Nigerian domestic flight FAQs

Do I need to carry a passport for domestic flights in Nigeria?

This depends on the airline you're flying with. A form of identification or Nigerian National ID card is sufficient enough to travel within Nigeria. It's always important to find out, so you can either contact us or the airline itself to check the airline's policy.

What is the baggage allowance on Nigeria domestic flights?

Baggage allowance depends on the airline you are flying with and the airport you are flying from. Make sure to check your baggage allowance with the airline you are travelling with directly or look at your e-ticket as sometimes the routes and aircraft that you may be flying on may mean the baggage allowance varies. It's also quite significant to check the width, height and length restrictions of the baggage so that you aren't being charged for excess baggage amount at the airport check-in.

What time do I need to check-in at the airport for domestic flights in Nigeria?

Depending on the airline you are flying with and the airport you are flying from, check-in times may vary. For domestic flights, the check-is often a later than it is for international flights as travellers normally need less time to get through the immigration and border controls at the airport.

Can I purchase domestic flights in Nigeria online?

Certainly, you can buy domestic flights in Nigeria online via Alternative Airlines. Using our search bar at the top of the page, you can look for flights from and to your chosen Nigerian locations and then simply click to search for the flights. When you have searched for the flights, you will then be shown all available flights from the different airlines and which you can choose the most appropriate airline for yourself!

How much does a local flight in Nigeria cost?

Like with any flight, the cost will vary depending on the time of year that you fly, the airline that you fly on and the day of the week that you fly.

However, on average, prices will range between ₦20,000 – ₦40,000 for a one-way flight and ₦40,000–₦68, 000 for a return flight.

Can I get a local flight in Nigeria today?

Yes, at Alternative Airlines, you can search and book flights and book your ticket for today. You'll just need to make sure that you have enough time to get to the airport. In bigger cities, like Lagos, traffic can be really bad at peak times, so make sure to take the time of day that you're travelling into consideration.