Ibom Air is a Nigerian airline that offers domestic flights within the country. The regional carrier is based at Akwa Ibom Airport, Uyo and offers flights to a small number of destinations.
The airline was founded in 2019 and is entirely owned by the government of the Akwa Ibom State in Nigeria. It flew its inaugural flight in June 2019 with a service between Uyo to Lagos.
The airline hopes to develop regional and domestic services to Uyo in the future, however, its current flight schedule only serves Lagos and Abuja.
The airline strives to become the best airline in Nigeria and West Africa, hoping to do so with its safe service, excellent hospitality and innovative mindset.
Ibom Air has a different baggage policy for carry and checked baggage.
Passengers are allowed one main cabin bag which must not exceed 10kg / 22lbs in weight and 45 x 25 x 56cm (18 x 10 x 22in). In addition, passengers are allowed one personal item such as a handbag, laptop bag or briefcase which must fit in the cabin under the seat in front of you. The dimensions for this item must not exceed 40 x 30 x 15cm (16 x 12 x 6in), and 5kg / 11lbs in weight.
In your carry-on baggage, you must pack any prohibited items such as liquids over 100ml, sharp objects or flammable liquids. Any prohibited items packed will be removed and disposed of at the airport security.
1 Buggy / Push chair, Car seat and 1 piece of baggage weighing 20kg
Accompanying a travelling infant, age 0yrs to 2yrs shall be carried free of charge.
Ibom Air allows infants between the ages of 0yrs to 2yrs to bring 1 push chair as well as 1 piece of checked baggage weighing no more than 20kg.
Ibom Air only officially has 1 cabin class — Economy Class. However, you can buy extras such as extra legroom within the Economy cabin.
Economy passengers can enjoy a high standard flight experience in the economy class of this airline. Passengers are offered complimentary fresh and tasty snacks and beverages enjoyed in a comfortable cabin with supported and cushioned chairs.
Premium economy passengers are offered an enhanced flying experience, with priority boarding and extra special dining options with premium snacks and beverages on offer.
Ibom Air does not currently offer a business class service on board their flights.
There is currently no first-class cabin for this airline.
Ibom Air does not provide passengers with in-seat screens for entertainment. However, there is live music played which passengers can enjoy as part of the flying experience.
Ibom Air does not currently offer passengers any WiFi or internet services onboard the flight.
Passengers with an economy class ticket receive tasty snacks and drinks onboard. In premium economy, this is upgraded to superior food, including premium snacks and meals.
Depending on whether you're flying domestically or internationally your check-in opening and closing times will vary.
Passengers can check in online for their Ibom Air flight online via the ibomair.com website. This service opens 24 hours before the flight is due to depart, closing 1 hour before.
Passengers can also check in for their flight at the airport, which opens 2 hours before the flight departure time and closes 45 minutes before the scheduled departure time. Please arrive promptly at the airport in order to avoid long queues.
Ibom Flyer is Ibom Air's frequent flyer programme designed for passengers to earn and spend points when travelling with Ibom Air. Gold Stars will be rewarded each time a member flies to Ibom Air. The more Gold Stars you earn the higher tier you'll be in the Ibom Flyer. There are 3 tiers: Green Flyer, Orange Flyer or Top Flyer.
To be a Green member all you need to do is fly with Ibom Air once!
To become an Orange Flyer you must earn 25,000 Gold Stars.
To become a Top flyer you need to earn 50,000 Gold Stars.
Ibom Air is not currently part of any airline alliance programme.
Ibom Air offers a variety of special services. Read below to find out more.
Passengers who are pregnant should consult their doctor before travelling. However, pregnant women are not required to provide any documentation if they are 28 weeks or less pregnant. Passengers who are 28 weeks or more pregnant will need to present medical forms stating they are fit to travel.
Passengers with a disability or reduced mobility who require any form of special assistance should notify the airline as soon as possible after booking, but at least 48 hours prior to departure so that arrangements can be made to assist you through the airport and when boarding the plane.
Ibom Air allows children between the ages of 5 and 11 to travel without an adult. Unaccompanied Minors are only permitted to travel on direct flights. Please ensure that you fill in the necessary documents for unaccompanied minors.
Ibom Air currently flies to over 5 destinations in Nigeria. However, in the future, they hope to expand their network to West Africa. The table below displays these destinations:
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Akwa Ibom Airport (QUO) also known as Victor Attah International Airport is a small regional airport which serves Uyo, the capital of the Akwa Ibom State in Nigeria. This airport was renamed after former Governor Obong Victor Attah by Governor Udom Emmanuel at Banquet to honour the 80th birthday of Attach. The airport began construction in 2006 and was completed 3 years later in 2009. Upgrading the airport began in 2012 to include the construction of an international terminal and additional taxiways.
Akwa Ibom Airport has 1 passenger terminal. The interim terminal has check-in facilities and a ticketing section, a departure lounge for all passengers. The terminal also has baggage reclaim facility.
Ibom Air currently has three aircraft in service, as per the table below (correct of September 2022):
12th September 2022
How Nigeria's only state-owned airline, Ibom Air, is dominating Nigeria's sky
Ibom Air, which was only set up 3 years ago, has built a strong reputation and is slowly dominating Nigeria's aviation sector. Ibom Air passengers have been spreading the news of how great Ibom Air is. The airline's ability to keep to the scheduled time for departures and arrivals is immaculate. The aircraft is always clean and Ibom Air provides excellent customer service. In March 2021, Ibom Air achieved 99.8% schedule reliability and 96% on-time performance.
17th February 2020
Ibom Air Resumes Flights at Lagos Airport
Ibom Air has resumed flights at Lagos Airport after the airport cancelled flights all flights from all airlines for five consecutive days. The reason that Lagos Airport had cancelled all flights was due to the harmattan haze that left all airlines unable to fly within the area due to dusty conditions.
However, on Sunday 16th February, Lagos Airport re-opened to allow all airlines to resume flights. Ibom Air will now resume its daily scheduled flights to Lagos, flying from Abuja and Uyo.
14th February 2020
Ibom Air Contributes to 80,000+ flights flown in Nigeria in 2019
The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority recently released a report that revealed that a total of 80,875 flights were operated in Nigeria last year. In total, 42 airlines flew routes in, out and within Nigeria. One of the nine domestic airlines that flew within the country was Ibom Air. The report showed that Ibom Air flew 2,472 flights in Nigeria last year. This is particularly impressive as the airline only serves a total of three destinations and didn't take launch until mid-2019, meaning that all of its flights took place in the second half of the year.
Ibom Air's 2,472 flights account for 3% of all Nigerian flights in 2019.