Defunct Airlines: Air Nigeria Becomes the Latest Casualty
Air Nigeria has reportedly shut down its operations earlier this month primarily due to labor issues and financial issues, including being unable to pay for fuel. In fact, there are reports that on a flight from London to Lagos earlier this month, passengers were asked to contribute an extra £40.00 each for the purchase of fuel and — to add insult to injury — they were unable to retrieve their luggage immediately after the flight.
While four domestic airlines will still serve Nigeria, one of them is Dana Air. The Gate reported on June 3 earlier this year of a devastating crash of an airplane operated by Dana Air into a neighborhood in Lagos. None of the passengers or crew members survived the crash. Despite an ongoing investigation of that incident, Dana Air has reportedly been granted permission to operate again as an airline in Nigeria.
Air Nigeria — its most recent iteration once partially owned by Virgin — is the latest airline to cease operations. Spanair, Malév Hungarian Airlines and Air Australia are amongst the airline casualties which ceased operations earlier this year. I suppose we can forget about the code-share service Air Nigeria had with Delta Air Lines — although there is apparently a possibility of Air Nigeria returning to providing commercial passenger airline service if a way to reduce or eliminate its debt is successfully reached.
A thorough analysis of the history of airline operations in Nigeria is presented by Martin J Cowling of the Wild About Travel weblog at BoardingArea.com.