Low-cost and traditional airlines

  • Over 950 airlines
  • Aerolineas Sosa, Emirates, ASKY
  • Ethiopian Airlines, British Airways
  • Flights up to 50% off

Full-service airlines vs low-cost carriers

Below are major differences between full-service and budget airlines.

  • The ticket price will let you differentiate between the two of them instantly. While budget airlines sell incredibly cheap tickets, full-service airlines generally set higher prices, even if they have a sale. However, travelers must remember that the cheapest airfare offered by low-cost carriers usually includes a seat only and every single service, such as food, in-flight entertainment, changing your booking, etc. is paid extra. In the end, the ticket price may be quite costly without keeping this in mind.

  • Luggage allowance customers are entitled to when flying with budget airlines is usually one carry on bag and sometimes one personal item. To have the extra baggage allowance, they must purchase it. Budget airlines are particularly strict with adhering to baggage allowance so remember not to exceed it, unless you don’t mind paying extra charges. To compete with budget carriers full-service airlines offer cheaper airfare which doesn’t include checked baggage, but it’s a quite new tendency.

  • There are no classes on budget carriers’ planes, while full-service airlines usually offer three travel classes: First Class, Business Class, and Economy Class. Low-cost airlines offer single-class cabin configuration which means that all passengers are sold the same types of seats. Some airlines offer Premium Economy which is still affordable but gives passengers better seats and more room than Economy.

Airlines ranking

  Airline Ticket prices Comfort Punctuality Staff Overall rating No. of reviews
1. Aerolineas Sosa Aerolineas Sosa (S0) - - - - 4 1
2. Ethiopian Airlines Ethiopian Airlines (ET) 3.9 4 4.2 4.1 4 41
3. Emirates Emirates (EK) 4 4.4 4.5 4.5 4.4 197
4. ASKY Airlines ASKY Airlines (KP) 3 2.3 3 2.7 2.7 3
5. British Airways British Airways (BA) 3.6 3.8 4 4.2 3.9 485
6. Turkish Airlines Turkish Airlines (TK) 3.9 4.3 4.2 4.6 4.3 544
7. Air France Air France (AF) 3.6 3.8 4 4.2 3.9 445
8. Delta Air Lines Delta Air Lines (DL) 3.9 3.9 4.3 4.4 4.1 492
9. Virgin Atlantic Virgin Atlantic (VS) 4.2 4.2 4.6 4.5 4.4 45
10. Rwandair Express Rwandair Express (WB) 3.7 3.7 3.3 4 3.7 12

Airlines flying to and from Nigeria

If you are looking to fly to Nigeria, you are lucky as there is a great choice of airlines serving this destination.

  • Lagos, Nigeria's largest city, is by far one of the most popular African destinations, no wonder it is so conveniently linked to the rest of the world within an extensive network of different airlines. Other cities in Nigeria you can fly to include Abuja, Port Harcourt, Kano, Owerri, Benin City, Asaba, Yola, Warri, and Akure.

  • Flights from the U.S.A. to Nigeria are operated non-stop from Atlanta to Lagos, while other routes include a layover. Flights from the USA are served by such airlines as Delta Air Lines, KLM, Air France, and Brussels Airlines.

  • Local budget carriers that operate domestic flights within Nigeria include Arik Air, Air Peace, Dana Air, Overland Airways, Max Air, Azman Air, and Binani Air. The former is West-Africa's major carrier and operates regional and international flights as well.

Which airlines operate the shortest flights to Nigeria?

Below you will find an average duration of flights to Nigeria, depending on the point of origin.

  • The routes from the U.S.A to Nigeria include flights to Lagos from: Atlanta non-stop on Delta Airlines (the shortest flight duration is 10 hours 45 minutes); Los Angeles and on Delta Airlines (the shortest flight duration is 15 hours 45 minutes); Chicago on Delta Airlines (the shortest flight duration is 14 hours 08 minutes); Dallas on KLM (the shortest flight duration is 20 hours 21 minutes). For all of the routes, excluding Atlanta, there is at least one layover.

  • The routes from Europe to Nigeria include flights to Lagos from: London non-stop with British Airways (the shortest flight duration is 6 hours 35 minutes); Paris non-stop with Air France (the shortest flight duration is 6 hours 30 minutes); Frankfurt non-stop on Lufthansa (the shortest flight duration is 6 hours 35 minutes); Amsterdam non-stop on KLM (the shortest flight duration is 6 hours 40 minutes); Barcelona on Lufthansa (the shortest flight duration is 11 hours 05 minutes) with one layover.

  • Domestic flights within Nigeria are operated by local carriers. It takes 1 hour 15 minutes to fly between Abuja and Lagos with Dana Air; 1 hour 10 minutes between Port Harcourt, Owerri or Warri and Lagos with Arik Air; 3 hours 55 minutes between Kano and Lagos with Arik Air; 1 hour 0 minutes between Benin City or Asaba and Lagos with Arik Air; 3 hours 35 minutes between Yola and Lagos with Arik Air, and 0 hours 50 minutes from Akure to Lagos with Overland Airways.

Choosing the perfect airline

  • When planning your Kenya trip, you can either choose a full-service carrier that will give you a better customer experience or save some money by going with a budget airline. In comparison to full-service, this type of carrier basically sells a seat only while other services are additionally paid - that’s why the airfare is cheap.

  • Great news is both types of airlines fly virtually to every accessible location in the world, but full-service airlines are more common on long-haul flights. However, it doesn’t mean there are no flights with low-cost carriers - there are, but most often they include at least one layover.

  • Today, passengers have the opportunity to discover new places at a very affordable price. At the end of the day, all airlines are designed to fly you from point A to point B, so when making a decision which one to choose, think what you value most - money or overall experience.

  • Which airline to fly with

    Whether you are flying to Nigeria from the U.S.A or Europe there is a myriad of the world’s major airlines that you can choose from. When you arrive in Kenya, you will be able to travel between cities thanks to numerous local airlines operating domestic flights. To get more information on the airline you will fly with, click on “Details” next to your flight where you will find all the necessary travel details in one place, including services the airline offers in the price of the ticket or the plane you will fly on.

  • All in one place

    With the eSky search engine, you can not only search and compare different airlines’ offers but also find various services you may need in addition to your air tickets. Create cheap Flight + Hotel packages to save big on your next vacation in Nigeria or rent a car to easily and conveniently travel from one attraction to another. Don’t forget about travel insurance - just in case something unexpected happens, which we often don’t keep in mind before our journey.