Flight Booking in Nigeria: A Complete Guide

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In the past, flight booking in Nigeria used to be exclusively done offline i.e. physically at an airline’s office or through a flight booking agent. With the advancement of technology and the evolution of the internet, Airlines now have online portals or websites through which anyone can book flights and pay with just a few clicks of the left mouse button.

Services rendered on Airlines’ online portals include flight booking, reservation of preferred seat, online payment through electronic payment platforms using Debit or Credit cards such as Mastercard and Visa card, payment gateways such as Interswitch’s Quickteller, Paga, Vogue Pay, etc. Most airline booking websites also give the option of booking for flights online and printing the booking slip to take to a partner bank to pay for flights.

Airline customers can also check-in online and get their boarding passes if they have only hand luggage. Most Airlines also give customers who book their flights online weeks before departure very nice discounts, with some up to 50%, examples of such airlines in Nigeria are Dana Air, Aero Contractors and Air Peace. Airlines in Nigeria which offer online flight booking services apart from the ones mentioned above include Azman Air, Medview Air, First Nation Air, Overland Air and Arik Air. To book for any flight with any of the above airlines simply click on the link to get more details.

There are also some general flight booking and payment websites in Nigeria such as Wakanow, Jovago, Travelstart and Travelbeta. On these websites, you can compare prices of flights of different airlines and choose the best.

Local Flight Booking

Local or domestic flights are those within Nigeria i.e. from one state to another. Booking local flights is easy, simply follow these steps:

  • Determine which airport you want to fly from e.g. If you are in Lagos, you can fly from Murtala Mohammed Domestic Airport but if you are in a state without an airport, you can choose the state nearest to you that has an airport.
  • Determine which airport you want to fly to i.e. your destination; this is the state you are going to or the nearest state to it that has an airport if it doesn’t have one.
  • Choose which day you want to leave and if you plan to come back by air, the day you want to return
  • Next find airlines that fly to the state you want to visit from your departure airport, not all airlines fly to all states

Local Airlines that operate in Nigeria include:

Air Peace: This is one of the biggest and best local airlines currently in Nigeria, they offer flights to several states at very affordable prices. You can book Air Peace flights through their website www.flyairpeace.com,  the website supports flight booking, seat reservation, payment, check-in and flight schedules checking. Air Peace flies to and from Abuja, Calabar, Benin, Enugu, Lagos, Uyo, Owerri, Port Harcourt and Accra. You can also book a flight by calling their customer care on 0700-359-24773223  or by going to the Air Peace offices and airport stands.

Medview Airline: Is one of the top domestic airlines in Nigeria at the moment and flies to and from Abuja, Enugu, Kano, Lagos, Maiduguri, Port Harcourt, Yola and Kaduna and also flies internationally to Accra, Jeddah and London. Medview flight ticket prices are usually cheaper than that of other airlines, their website is www.medviewairline.com and users can book, pay, reschedule flights and check in. You can call Medview Airline customer care on 07082543952, 08183851135, 08066697400, 07003596338439 or email: [email protected]

Aero Contractors: This used to be one of the best airlines in Nigeria but they are currently not operating due to some issues. Aero has a good online platform where you can book and pay for flights, reschedule flights, reserve your seat and check-in online, the website is www.flyaero.com. Aero flies to and from Abuja, Lagos, Port Harcourt, Sokoto, Asaba, Benin city, Calabar, Enugu, Kaduna, Kano, Owerri, Uyo and Warri. They also fly internationally to Accra from Lagos. You can also have an Aero agent book a flight for you by emailing [email protected] or calling 01-6284140.

Arik Air: Is one of the biggest airlines in Nigeria and flies to and from many states including Abuja, Lagos, Asaba, Benin city, Calabar, Enugu, Gombe, Ibadan, Ilorin, Kaduna, Kano, Lagos, London, Owerri, Port Harcourt, Sokoto, Uyo, Warri and Yola. Arik Air online booking website is www.arikair.com and allows users book flight tickets, reserve seats, pay for flights and check schedules. You can call Arik Air customer care line +234 (0) 1279 9999 for help in booking your flight.

Dana Air: Even though unpopular for the plane crash some years ago, Dana Air is still in operation in Nigeria. They have an online flight booking website www.flydanaair.com where you can book flights, pay online, check in, reserve seats and more just like the other airlines. Dana Air’s domestic routes are to and from Lagos, Abuja, Uyo, Owerri, Port Harcourt and internationally Accra. You can call Dana Air customer care on 01-2809888 or 0700 Fly Dana (07003593262) or email [email protected] for flight booking help.

Azman Air: This is a relatively new airline which flies mainly to and from the northern part of Nigeria, its flight booking website is www.airazman.com and flies to and from the following destinations in Nigeria: Abuja, Lagos, Port Harcourt, Kaduna, Kano, Lagos, Maiduguri, Birnin Kebbi,  Yola. Azman Air is also a recognized carrier for the Muslim Hajj pilgrimage to Madinah and Jeddah.

You can book flights, pay online, reschedule and check in on the Azman Air website. Contact their customer care via email: [email protected] or phone numbers: 09099800600, 09029800600.

First Nation Airline: This airline has its website at www.flyfirstnation.com where you can book, pay for and reschedule flights as well as reserve seats and check in. First Nation Airways flies to and from the following destinations in Nigeria: Abuja, Lagos, Kaduna and Port Harcourt. You can call their customer care on +234 1 270 2700 or email them on [email protected] for help.

Overland Airline: This airline flies to and from Akure, Dutse, Minna, Lagos, Abuja, Ibadan, Ilorin, Bauchi, Asaba and Jalingo. You can book for your flight ticket, pay online, reschedule flights, reserve seats, check in and more on the Overland Airline website www.overlandairways.com. You can contact their customer care through their email: [email protected], [email protected], or call 0803 535 5005/6, 01 4607478–9 and 08035355000.

International Flight Booking

Booking international flights from Nigeria has also been made easy with online booking and payment. Airlines which fly internationally from Nigeria include:

Etihad Airways: This is the national airline of the UAE and flies internationally from Nigeria to several countries and cities around the world such as London, New York, Dubai, Saudi Arabia, Doha, Qatar, etc.  Most Etihad Airline flights from Nigeria take off from MMIA in Lagos but there are a few flights from Abuja also.

The airline has an easy to use online flight booking platform on which flight tickets can be bought cheaply, flight timetables and schedules can be checked, passengers can also reserve their seats and check-in online. The website can also be used to book hotels and cars in various cities.

Etihad Airways flight booking website for Nigeria is www.etihad.com/en-ng/, to book an Etihad Airways flight from Nigeria, go to the website or call their customer care.

Popular Etihad Airways flight destinations from Nigeria and their cheapest prices in US Dollars currently are:

  • Lagos to New Delhi: from 943 USD
  • Lagos to Jeddah: from 1044 USD
  • Lagos to Abu Dhabi: from 1104 USD
  • Lagos to London: From 1189 USD
  • Lagos to New York: From 1613 USD
  • Lagos to Sydney: From 3377 USD
  • Lagos to Mumbai: From 1117 USD

You can contact Etihad Airways through their office in Nigeria located at 11th Floor, Churchgate Tower Two, Churchgate Street, Victoria Island, Lagos  or call their customer care phone numbers; 08099936399, 01 460 9940.

Ethiopian Airlines: This is a popular airline which flies internationally from Nigeria to several countries all over the world. The airline is very active in Nigeria and has an online flight booking website for easy flight ticket booking, payment, flight timetable checking, seat reservation, check-in, flight schedules, flight and visa information and other stuff. You can book Ethiopian Airlines flights online on their booking website www.ethiopianairlines.com/NG/EN/,

Popular Ethiopian Airlines flight destinations from Nigeria include UK, USA, Dubai, South Africa, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, China,

You can contact Ethiopian Airlines through their office in Nigeria located at 3, Idowu Taylor Street, Victoria Island, Lagos and call their customer care on these phone numbers: 01 774 4711/2, 01 461 6297.

Ethiopian Airlines have become a force to reckon with in the international flights business, they are one of the most active international airlines operating in Nigeria and offer decent services.

Air France Nigeria: Is one of the most popular international airlines operating in the country. Air France flights from Nigeria to other countries can be booked online through the Air France website which is www.airfrance.com/NG. Services offered on the website include flight ticket purchase, seat reservation, and online check-in.

Air France Nigeria cheapest flights and best offers from Nigeria to other countries currently are:

  • Lagos to Barcelona: from 811 US Dollars
  • Lagos to Amsterdam: from 876 US Dollars
  • Lagos to London: from 910 US Dollars
  • Lagos to Europe: from 1922 US Dollars
  • Lagos to US: from 1126 US Dollars

Air France office in Nigeria is located at South Atlantic Petroleum (SAPETRO) Towers, Plot 98, Adeola Odeku Street,, Victoria Island, Lagos and you can contact them on their customer care phone number 014610777.

Qatar Airways: Is one of the most popular international airlines operating in Nigeria. The airline flies to popular destinations such as New York, London, Philadelphia, Dubai, Doha, Manila, Atlanta, Seoul, etc. Qatar Airways also offers very competitive prices for flight tickets and offers cheap flights from Nigeria to several countries.

Qatar Airways has an easy to use online flight booking platform which helps customers schedule flights, book flights, pay online, reserve seats and check-in. The Qatar Airways Nigeria flight booking website is www.qatarairways.com/ng/en/homepage.page.

Here are some prices of Qatar Airways flight tickets to popular locations from Nigeria currently.

  • Lagos to Guangzhou, China – From 966 USD
  • Lagos to Dubai – From 818 USD
  • Lagos to New York – From 1,147 USD
  • Lagos to London – From 1,102 USD
  • Lagos to Philadelphia – From 1,145 USD
  • Lagos to Singapore – From 1,257 USD

You can contact Qatar Airways through their office in Nigeria which is located at 2nd Floor, Ecobank Building, Plot 21, Ahmadu Bello Way, Victoria Island, Lagos and their customer care phone number is 01 463 3333.

Emirates Airlines: Is one of the top foreign airlines operating in Nigeria. You can fly Emirates Airlines Nigeria to various countries such as USA, UK, Canada, UAE, Qatar, etc and cities such as Dubai, London, New York,  Amsterdam and many others from Nigeria.

Emirates Airlines flight tickets from Nigeria to New York, London, etc can be booked in two ways; The first and older method is to visit Emirates Airways offices at international airports in Nigeria and book your flights and the second which we are discussing here is online flight booking on the Emirates Airlines website.

The Emirates Airways flight booking website for Nigeria is www.emirates.com/ng/english. The booking website allows you schedule and book your flight, choose the class you want i.e. Economy class, Business class or First Class and pay for your flight through a variety of ways such as Mastercard, Visa, Interswitch and bank payment.

You can contact Emirates Airline through their customer care phone number 01 271 7600, you can also visit their office in Nigeria in Lagos at Plot PC 30, Churchgate Building, Afribank Street, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Online Flight Ticket Booking

Booking flights online saves you time, stress and even money because if you book flights online weeks earlier, you get far cheaper flights, some airlines even reduce the prices for online booking as compared to booking with an agent or at the airport. Unfortunately, in Nigeria many people shy away from booking flights online because they feel it is too complicated, this is totally misguided as only few things could be easier.

The problem some people have is with the online payment as they do not have online banking services enabled on their ATM cards, this can be solved easily by going to the bank to get it enabled or you can simply “book on hold” which means you can book your fight and then take the reference number to a bank accepted by the airline within 24 hours and pay for it.

How to Book Flight Online in Nigeria

To book flights online, simply visit the booking website of any of the airlines listed above and follow these steps:

On the homepage, you will see boxes where you need to enter details

  • Select your departure location and your arrival location
  • Select or type the number and age of people you want to book the flight for
  • Select the date you want to depart and return (if it’s a round trip)
  • Choose economy or business class (Business class costs about twice more)
  • After filling your details, click the search and book flight button
  • It will take you to another page asking you to fill in your details (name, phone number, etc), it will also show you the amount you are to pay for the flight
  • After filling your personal details, select how you want to pay – You can use your Mastercard, VisaCard, VerveCard or others if they are internet banking enabled. You can also pay with Interswitch, eTranzact, Paga and other payment options provided by the airline. If you cannot use any of these, don’t worry, simply select Book on Hold or Bank Payment, you will be given a reference number, print that page and take it to the banks listed on the page for cash payment within 24 hours.
  • After successful payment, you will be given a reference ID, usually made up of letters and numbers 5 or 6 characters long, keep that number carefully because that is what you will present at the airport on the day of your flight to get a boarding pass that will allow you enter the plane.
  • That’s it, very easy!

Tips for Booking Flights Online

There are some tips you might find useful when booking flights in Nigeria, they include:

  • Book early to get lower prices: Try to book at least 2 weeks before your departure date as flight ticket prices are usually far lower, sometimes even half the price is booked far earlier.
  • Stick with a good airline if you find one: Many airlines have one issue or the other like flight delays, bad aircraft, poor customer service and more but if you find a good airline and you fly frequently with it, you can become a member of their frequent flyer program which will result in lower prices anytime you book with them.
  • Do not book flights on the same day you have an important appointment: Nigerian airlines can be very annoying and irresponsible at times, they delay flights for several hours without any explanation or refund so it is best to book a flight at least a day before your important appointment to avoid stories that touch, LOL!

Flight Booking Agencies in Nigeria

Apart from Airline websites, you can book local and international flights at even cheaper rates from some online flight booking agencies in Nigeria. Some of the most popular are Wakanow, Travelstart and Travelbeta.

Wakanow Flight Booking

Wakanow is a full service online travel agency which provides affordable flight booking, bus booking, hotel booking and vacations in Nigeria and other countries. Their website is www.wakanow.com where users can book for local and international flights, hotels, airport transfers, visa assistance, holiday packages and more.

Wakanow has travel centres at international airports across Nigeria and has offices in Kenya, Ghana, Dubai and United Kingdom.

Travelstart Flight Booking

Travelstart is also a leading online based travel agency based in Cape Town, South Africa with a heavy presence in Nigeria. Travelstart helps customers search for and book domestic and international flights via their platform, compare flight ticket prices and more.

They provide cheap air ticket fares from many top airlines, vehicle hire services, hotel booking, holiday packages and more with multiple payment methods available.

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