Famous Nigerian Airlines That No Longer Exist In The Country

By Balogun Kamilu Lekan

Airlines have come and gone in Nigeria due to mismanagement, corruption and sometimes political reasons.

Below is a list of some top airlines that have stopped operations in Nigeria

Sosoliso Airline

The airline was based in Enugu before moving to Ikeja in Lagos state. They ceased operations because they could not meet the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority’s criteria. The airline was famous for the crash that occurred on December 10, 2005, which killed 108 of the 110 people onboard.

The Sosoliso airline operated in Enugu, Port Harcourt, Abuja, Owerri, and Lagos throughout its history.

It operated between 1994 to 2006 before it ceased operation.

Bellview Airlines

The Bellview airline had its headquarters in Ikeja’s Bellview Plaza. They were no longer permitted to operate because they did not meet the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority’s criteria.

It was also famous for its crash in Lisa Village, Ogun State, just a few minutes after take-off, killing all 117 people on board.

The Bellview airline has had operations in Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, and the United Kingdom.

Bellview Airlines was in operation from 1992 to 2010. 

ADC Airlines

The Aviation Development Company plc controlled the ADC airline, which had its headquarters in Ikeja, Lagos State. They ceased operations because they could not satisfy Nigeria’s Civil Aviation Authority’s requirements.

The ADC airline served the following locations throughout its history: Abuja, Lagos, Sokoto, Yola, Calabar, and Port Harcourt.

The airline was operated from 1984 and 2007. 

Okada Air

Okada Airlines was in Benin City, Nigeria. At first, the company only did local businesses, but in 1992 they were granted the opportunity to do international business. Chief Gabriel Igbinedion, the Esama of Benin, was the owner of the Okada airline. The company was disbanded in 1997.

Throughout its history, the Okada airline serviced the following destinations like Abuja, Benin, Enugu, Jos, Kaduna, Kano, Lagos, Port Harcourt, and Yola.

The Okada airline operated from 1983 till 1997. 

Albarka Air

In business from 1999 to 2007, Albarka Airlines was Based in Abuja, Nigeria.

Buba Marwa had 51% of the company’s shares, while other investors held 49%. The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority’s requirements were impossible for them to comply with, thus, they had to discontinue operations.

Afrijet Airlines

The NAHCO facility at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport was Afrijet’s headquarters. Despite fulfilling the requirements of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, they ceased operations in 2009.

Afrijet Airlines was in operation from 1998 to 2009


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