Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country, has become a burgeoning hub for business aviation on the continent. The country is on its way to becoming a major aviation powerhouse, as infrastructural factors, such as weak transport and airline connectivity have led to private jets dominating the country’s airspace and leading to significant growth in the market for business aircraft operators in Nigeria.
Largest City: Lagos
Official languages: English
National Language: Hausa – Igbo – Yoruba
Calling code: +234
Nigeria is a nation in West Africa with the official name the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Geographically, its located in the Atlantic Ocean between the Sahel to the north and the Gulf of Guinea to the south. With a population of nearly 218 million, it is the sixth-most populated country in the world and the most populous country in Africa. Its total size is 932,769 square Kilometers (356,669) square miles.
If you are planning a flight to Nigeria, you must keep in mind the important airports:
All these airports are airports of entry (AOE) and operate 24 hours. Airports in Nigeria are not slot coordinated. Abuja is the capital of the country but DNMM/LOS in Lagos is the most important airport in Nigeria. Initial arrivals and final departure from Nigeria must be from an international airport, with the preferred choice being Lagos (DNMM/LOS), Abuja (DNAA/ABV), and Port Harcourt (DNPO/PHC), and Kano (DNKN/KAN).
(20) airports, several airstrips, and heliports that are under regulation, 23 domestic carriers, 554 certified pilots, 913 licensed engineers, and 1700 cabin crew members all exist in Nigeria. Nigeria is a key destination for over 22 foreign airlines. Currently, Nigeria has bilateral air service agreements with over 78 different nations.
Except as specified in NOTAMS, all five AOEs in Nigeria (DNMM, DNAA, DNPO, DNKN, and DNEN) are operational around-the-clock. This is done for maintenance, safety, and other reasons. Except for a few, like DNCA and DNUY, smaller airports and municipal airports normally follow the dawn and sunset pattern between 0600 and 1700Z.
Peak hours, which are often between 1900 and 2300z, are solely relevant to commercial aircraft, especially at DNMM and DNAA. Private flight fueling delays can happen at these times due to peak traffic.
Ramp access is tightly controlled at all airports in Nigeria. Even crew in uniforms and valid IDs will still need assistance from the handling agent to be able to access the aircraft or the ramp.
At all airports across Nigeria, iJET offers premium ramp and ground handling in addition to other flight support services. Contact us for a successful business operation in Nigeria
For flying to Nigeria, aircraft operators must obtain an overflight and a landing permit. While the official lead time for an overflight permit is 4 hours during working days, it could take around 12 hours during weekends (Saturday-Sunday is the official weekend in Nigeria).
As a flight dispatcher, you may need some pre-flight information about Nigeria’s overflight and landing permits and their requirement.
As long as all necessary documentation is complete and delivered upon request, the average wait time for getting permits is 72 hours. Permits can occasionally be acquired in less than 24 hours if all necessary paperwork is submitted. Shorter processing times are possible for special permissions like MEDEVAC. The main factor contributing to the delay in approval is incomplete documentation.
Note: Only registered CAA agents—known in Nigeria as Agents of Foreign Airlines and Operators—can process permits with the Civil Aviation.
Nigeria Overflight Permits are officially issued with “NO CAA Processing Fees” imposed.
Permits typically mention the airports and routes for which they were granted and are typically good for 48 hours +/- (unless otherwise noted). Requests for rerouting or extensions are required.
For ground handling services, Execujet Aviation Group, one of the giants in the African FBO group, should be your preferred FBO, especially in Lagos (DNMM/LOS). With a customs and immigration service on-site, a VIP lounge, a board meeting room, and a room for the crew to relax, the majority of the aircraft operators are now maintaining their aircraft here instead of flying them to Europe and North America.
The other important FBO in the region is EAN Jet Center operated by Evergreen Apple Nigeria. Along with maintenance service, this FBO also has a private crew area inside the lounge (which can host up to six crew), and a separate crew rest area within the facility.
If you’re planning on flying to any other airport in Nigeria, keep in mind that FBO facilities are still not available, and only commercial and cargo ground handlers provide the services, such as SAHCOL and NAHCO.
Recent fuel shortage, mode of payment for aviation fuel services, and credit facility not available without a prior contract are just some of the few factors to consider when you’re planning for your aviation fuel services in Nigeria. While the country does have reputed jet fuel suppliers like CleanServe, ConOil, Oando, So Aviation, and Total, a credit facility is not offered by them without a prior contract.
Payment for the services must be either in cash before departure, or by an accepted fuel release from a reliable contract fuel reseller. Aircraft operators should note that credit cards are not accepted to pay for aviation fuel services and when operating domestically, a tax will be levied on the aviation fuel.
Avoid any bottlenecks and speed up the arrival and departure operations with early planning with iJET Flight Support to take care of your fuel requirement so that you get the highest quality fuel at the best price.
Visa on arrival is not an option when flying to Nigeria. Arrange your client’s visa before they arrive in Nigeria. For the crew, they can enter Nigeria without a visa for 72 hours, with the following prerequisites
Visa is required for the crew if they intend to stay longer than 72 hours.
Business flight immigration and customs procedures in Nigeria can be pleasant if you engage with the experienced team at iJET Flight support and submit all of your documents well in advance. Contact us
There are a few security issues at Abuja DNAA. It is advised that travelers and personnel use caution while leaving the airport and occasionally employ security or a local guide when visiting DNPO and other locations in the Delta region.
The municipalities contain the DNMM and DNKN. However, it may take between 30 and 60 minutes to drive to DNAA and DNPO from the city centers, depending on traffic and the time of day.
When in Lagos, the best hotels are on Victoria Island, the main business center of Lagos, with Sheraton Hotels and Tower being a popular choice with tourists. There are several luxury hotel options available in Nigeria, and a selection of good hotels near the airport if you want to avoid the traffic.
For in-flight catering, EAN Jet Center in Lagos has a dedicated executive in-flight catering, restaurant, and bar operating under the name of “Wings In-Flight” in its hangar facility. In-flight catering can also be arranged by your third-party provider from a reputed hotel or restaurant in town too.
Finding top-notch lodging outside of DNMM, DNAA, and DNPO could be difficult. It’s wise to schedule things in advance with iJET to offer you special deals or arrangements with hotels
In Nigeria, the public transportation infrastructure is either incredibly poor or nonexistent in some areas. Individually operated taxis and minibuses, which are not advised, are what you will frequently see.
Your business trip to Nigeria with iJET’s help will be a successful special mission that you will look forward to repeating.
Nigeria has developed into a significant player in the aviation industry and is no longer just another developing nation. To prevent any interference with the operation of your flight to Nigeria, we advise using a third-party supplier. Considering that your client may be organizing a trip to Nigeria, be prepared! Contact us.
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