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About the airline
Where to start… Going from being one of Nigeria’s premium export brands to a failed state enterprise and ongoing source of national embarrassment, the now defunct national carrier of Nigeria is a continually cited example of how to do things catastrophically wrong in aviation.
Founded in August 1958, Nigeria Airways (IATA: WT) was the wholly Government owned flag carrier of Nigeria. Years of rampant corruption, overstaffing and gross financial mismanagement took its toll, and the airline ceased operations in 2003. At its heyday in the 1980s, the airline operated a fleet of 30 aircraft, having been managed by a number of international airlines, including KLM, British Airways Nigeria and South African Airways. The airline’s headquarters and primary flights hub were situated at Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos.
By 2016, the airline’s outstanding debts stood in excess of $78 million, with the airline also owing its own staff members severance settlements in excess of NGN735 million.
A poor safety record had compounded the airline’s operational challenges, and upon the airline going bankrupt, only one aircraft was being used to ply domestic flight routes within Nigeria. Two leased aircraft were still being used on the airline’s international routes, but by 2003 the airline, addled with debt and unable to service its fleet, had become completely unviable as a running concern.
Booking your own Nigeria Airways flights online
While Nigerian Airways is no longer operational, you can still book your own flights on other Nigerian airlines using the above flights search engine. Whether you’re looking to fly locally, for example on flights from Lagos to Abuja, or whether you want to fly from Lagos to Dubai, London, Johannesburg or New York, Fly-Nigeria.com can help you find the cheapest flights to, from or within Nigeria within seconds. Simply type your departure airport, destination and preferred travel dates into the above flight search form to get started. And, best of all, you can book your own flights online, 24/7, 365!
Key flight routes and destinations
At the time Nigeria Airways terminated its operations, the airline had been operating scheduled passenger flights to Kano, Abuja, Lagos and Port Harcourt, while its international destinations included Dubai, New York, London, Abijan and Jeddah.
The Nigerian Airways fleet
Throughout its years of existence, Nigeria Airways’ fleet included key aircraft models such as the Airbus A300B4, the Airbus A31-200, the Boeing 377 Stratocruiser, the Boeing 737-400, Boeing 747-200, Boeing 767-200ER as well as the Douglas DC range and the Fokker F ranges.
Contacting Nigeria Airways
Given that the airline is now defunct, you will not be able to contact Nigeria Airways. Their official website used to be hosted at www.nigeriaairways.com – NOT www.nigeria-airways.com or www.nigeriaairways.com.ng.
For more information on the airline’s history, accident record and corporate information, click here.