Nigerian airports have become an eyesore as both functional and grounded airlines have turned them into graveyards for dead aircraft. 

For a first time visitor to Nigeria’s airports in Lagos, Port Harcourt, Abuja or Kano, they look like graveyards for dead airplanes!





Nigeria Airways Ltd., popularly known as Nigeria Airways, was a Nigerian airline. 

The company was founded in 1958 after the dissolution of West African Airways Corporation. 

It was wholly owned by the Government of Nigeria, and served as the country's flag carrier until it ceased operations in 2003. 

The airline was managed by a number of foreign companies, including British Airways, KLM and South African Airways.

It had its heyday in the early 1980s, just after a KLM team two-year-management period; at that time its fleet comprised about 30 aircraft.

The airline's operations were concentrated at Murtala Muhammed International Airport.

Plagued by mis-management, corruption, and overstaffing, at the time of closure the airline had debts of more than US$60,000,000(equivalent to $78,115,051 in 2016), a poor safety record, and its operative fleet comprised a single aircraft flying domestic routes as well as two leased aircraft operating the international network.








In 1985 Nigeria Airways had 17 planes. 

Emirates had only 3 planes. 
In 2017, Emirates has 256 planes, it is now the largest airline in the Middle East, operating over 3,600 flights per week from its hub at Dubai International Airport, to more than 154 cities in 81 countries across six continents.


Nigeria Airways has none.




In terminals in Nigeria airports, visitors confronted with several rusty aircraft littering the airport.







Abandoned and disused aircraft belonging to both operating and rested airlines litter the adjoining areas of the runways.


As a plane taxies to the take off point at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport, Abuja, for instance, a passenger looking through the window would shudder at the sight of dusty planes belonging to Albarka Airline.






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Apart from occupying space, investigations had revealed that there are certain emissions from the abandoned aircraft that affect signals.






A close look at some of the abandoned aircraft has revealed that many have deteriorated beyond redemption such that they can only be sold as scraps to aluminum smelters or iron and steel factories at peanuts.











Okada Air


Okada Air was established in 1983 and had 18 BAC One-Eleven 300s on its books by 1991. 


The following year saw the company launch a range of international services, but by 1997 Okada Air had ceased to exist. 

Its abandoned airliners were subsequently parked up and left to languish at Benin City for more than a decade.