Nigeria Airways destinations

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A Nigeria Airways Airbus A310-200 at Fiumicino Airport in 1989.

Nigeria Airways was founded on 23 August 1958.[1]:51 It succeeded the folded West African Airways Corporation (WAAC), and was initially named WAAC Nigeria. The company took over the WAAC assets and liabilities and started operations on 1 October 1958.[2] In association with Pan American Airways (PAA), the LagosNew York City route was opened in October 1964 (1964-10) using PAA's DC-8 and Boeing 707 aircraft.[3]

WAAC Nigeria changed its name to Nigeria Airways in 1971.[2] The carrier was wholly owned by the Government of Nigeria for almost its entire life. The airline ceased operations in 2003.[4][5][6]



Following is a list of destinations Nigeria Airways flew to all through its history as part of its scheduled services. The list includes the name of each city served, the country name, and the name of the airport served along with both its associated International Air Transport Association three-letter code (IATA airport code) and the International Civil Aviation Organization four-letter code (ICAO airport code). Airline hubs and focus cities, as well as destinations served at the time of closure, are also marked.

Focus city
Destination served at the time of closure
City Country IATA ICAO Airport Refs
Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire ABJ DIAP Port Bouet Airport # [1]:51
Abuja Nigeria ABV DNAA Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport # [1]:51
Accra Ghana ACC DGAA Kotoka International Airport [7]
Amsterdam Netherlands AMS EHAM Schiphol Airport [8]
Athens Greece ATH LGAT Ellinikon International Airport [2]
Banjul Gambia BJL GBYD Yundum International Airport [9]:VIII
Barcelona Spain BCN LEBL El Prat Airport [10]
Beirut Lebanon BEY OLBA Beirut–Rafic Hariri International Airport [2]
Benin Nigeria BNI DNBE Benin Airport [9]:IV
Brussels Belgium BRU EBBR Zaventem Airport [2]
Calabar Nigeria CBQ DNCA Margaret Ekpo International Airport [7]
Cologne Germany CGN EDDK Cologne Bonn Airport [7]
Conakry Guinea CKY GUCY Conakry International Airport [9]:VIII
Cotonou Benin COO DBBB Cadjehoun Airport [7]
Dakar Senegal DKR GOOY Léopold Sédar Senghor International Airport [9]:VIII
Douala Cameroon DLA FKKD Douala International Airport [9]:VIII
Dubai United Arab Emirates DXB OMDB Dubai International Airport # [1]:51
Enugu Nigeria ENU DNEN Akanu Ibiam International Airport [7]
Frankfurt Germany FRA EDDF Frankfurt am Main Airport [8]
Freetown Sierra Leone FNA GFLL Lungi International Airport [9]:VIII
Geneva Switzerland GVA LSGG Cointrin Airport [11]
Gusau Nigeria QUS DNGU Gusau Airport [10]
Ibadan Nigeria IBA DNIB Ibadan Airport [9]:IV
Ilorin Nigeria ILR DNIL Ilorin International Airport [9]:IV
Jeddah Saudi Arabia JED OEJN King Abdulaziz International Airport # [1]:51
Johannesburg South Africa JNB FAJS OR Tambo International Airport [12]
Jos Nigeria JOS DNJO Yakubu Gowon Airport [7]
Kaduna Nigeria KAD DNKA Kaduna Airport [9]:IV
Kano Nigeria KAN DNKN Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport # [1]:51
Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo FIH FZAA N'djili Airport [10]
Lagos Nigeria LOS DNMM Murtala Muhammed International Airport # [1]:51
Libreville Gabon LBV FOOL Libreville International Airport [9]:VIII
Lomé Togo LFW DXXX Lomé-Tokoin Airport [9]:VIII
London United Kingdom LGW EGKK Gatwick Airport # [13]
London United Kingdom LHR EGLL Heathrow Airport # [1]:51[9]:VIII
Luanda Angola LAD FNLU Quatro de Fevereiro Airport [14]
Lusaka Zambia LUN FLLS Lusaka International Airport [2]
Madrid Spain MAD LEMD Barajas Airport [14]
Maiduguri Nigeria MIU DNMA Maiduguri International Airport [9]:IV
Makurdi Nigeria MDI DNMK Makurdi Airport [9]:IV
Monrovia Liberia ROB GLRB Roberts International Airport [9]:VIII
Nairobi Kenya NBO HKJK Jomo Kenyatta International Airport [9]:VIII
New York United States JFK KJFK John F. Kennedy International Airport # [1]:51[9]:VIII
Niamey Niger NIM DRRN Diori Hamani International Airport [9]:VIII
Paris France CDG LFPG Charles de Gaulle Airport [citation needed]
Port Harcourt Nigeria PHC DNPO Port Harcourt International Airport # [1]:51
Rome Italy FCO LIRF Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport [8]
Sokoto Nigeria SKO DNSO Sadiq Abubakar III International Airport [9]:IV
Tiko Cameroon TKC FKKC Tiko Airport [10]
Yola Nigeria YOL DNYO Yola Airport [7]
Zürich Switzerland ZRH LSZH Kloten Airport [8]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Directory: world airlines – NIGERIA AIRWAYS [WT] (NGA)" (pdf). Flight International: 50 – 51. 1 April 2003 – 7 April 2003. Retrieved 14 August 2011.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  2. ^ a b c d e f "World airline directory – Nigeria Airways Ltd" (pdf). Flight International: 1180. 22 April 1978. Retrieved 21 May 2011. 
  3. ^ "WORLD AIRLINE SURVEY... – WAAC (Nigeria) Ltd (Nigeria Airways)" (PDF). Flight International: 639. 14 April 1966. Retrieved 8 December 2011. 
  4. ^ Graham Dunn (25 November 2010). "AB25: Births, deaths and marriages". Airline Business. Retrieved 21 May 2011. Nigeria Airways stops flights (2003) 
  5. ^ "Directory: world airlines – Nigeria Airways" (pdf). Flight International: 45. 30 March 2004 – 5 April 2004. Retrieved 21 May 2011.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  6. ^ "Nigeria set for new carrier". Airline Business. 1 September 2003. Retrieved 21 May 2011. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f g "World Airline Directory – Nigeria Airways" (pdf). Flight International: 90. 31 March 1999 – 6 April 1999. Retrieved 14 August 2011.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  8. ^ a b c d "World Airline Directory – Nigeria Airways" (pdf). Flight International: 103. 30 March 1985. Retrieved 21 May 2011. 
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s
  10. ^ a b c d "Nigeria Airways Route Map – April 1966". Airline Timetable Images. Retrieved 21 May 2011. 
  11. ^ "Nigeria Airways (WAAC [Nigeria] Ltd)" (pdf). Flight International: 638. 6 May 1971. Retrieved 21 May 2011. 
  12. ^ Max Kingsley-Jones (15 December 1999). "Nigeria continues rebuilding as privatisation looms". London. Flight International. Retrieved 14 August 2011. Nigeria is restoring services to Johannesburg with an A310. 
  13. ^ "Short finals..." (pdf). Flight International: 4. 2 January 1982. Retrieved 9 August 2011. Nigeria Airways has transferred its weekly scheduled Lagos Boeing 707 freighter service from Heathrow to Gatwick Airport, in order to provide a broader service to forwarders based in south-east England. 
  14. ^ a b "World Airline Directory – Nigeria Airways Ltd" (pdf). Flight International: 970. 9 April 1977. Retrieved 21 May 2011.