Chanchangi airlines is a privately owned airline that operates out of Nigeria’s major airports. The airline has it’s head office in Kaduna in Nigeria, and operates scheduled domestic services from Lagos Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Abuja Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport and Port Harcourt International Airport. Chanchangi Airlines was founded in January of 1994 by Alhaji Chanchangi. It started operations on May 2 1997.
Chanchangi has won the Federal Airports of Nigeria award for best airline in 1998, 1999 and 2000. The Airline was grounded on Jul 5 2010 after failing to meet the requirements of government for each airline to operate more than one aircraft, but resumed operations on October 21 2010.
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NOTE : Chanchangi Airlines suspended all flights in 2012.
Chanchangi Airlines History
The airline was established on 5 January 1994 by Alhaji Chanchangi and started flight operations to and from Kaduna, Lagos, Owerri, Abuja and Port Harcourt on 2 May 1997. Services were operated using Boeing 727-200 aircraft; 3 Boeing 737-200 aircraft and 2 Boeing 737-300 aircraft were also acquired in 2009. Chanchangi Airlines won the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and the Corporate Merit Award for “Best Domestic Airline of the Year” for 1998, 1999 and 2000.
In 2004 it obtained route authorities for services to Abidjan, Accra, Dakar, Douala and Malabo. On 26 March 2006 services from Lagos to Accra were introduced. The airline was owned by Alhaji Ahmadu Chanchangi (94%) and four other individuals holding a 1% stake each. It had 780 employees by March 2007
The Nigerian government set a deadline of April 30, 2007 for all airlines operating in the country to re-capitalise or be grounded, in an effort to ensure better services and safety. The airline satisfied the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA)’s criteria in terms of re-capitalization and was re-registered for operation.
The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) grounded Chanchangi Airlines on July 5, 2010, citing a regulation that no airline can operate with only one aircraft in service, which was the case with Chanchangi at the time On October 21, 2010, Chanchangi Airlines resumed operations between Lagos and Abuja.
Chanchangi Airlines failed to appear on April 1, 2012, to defend itself against charges filed against it by Ethiopian Airlines for failing to settle a 14 million Br bill for maintenance services. Due to this its plane was grounded at Bole International Airport, where some analysts predicted failure to make payment would lead Ethiopian Airlines to auction the aircraft.
Chanchangi Airlines News
|2 Sep 2013||Daily flights from Lagos to Yola commence, the addition of this new route is due to the acquisition of a Boeing 737-500 aircraft, which has expanded Chanchangi’s fleet.|
|20 Aug 2010||Chanchangi Airlines Boeing 737-200 5N-BIF operating as flight no 334 strikes a localiser antenna and lands short of the runway at Kaduna airport. Several passengers suffered minor injuries. The airline operations were temporarily suspended.|
|13 Oct 2007||Chanchangi Airlines Boeing 727 from Kaduna to Abuja en route to Lagos suffers a cockpit fire.|
|22 Aug 2006||Chanchangi Airlines Boeing 727 makes a hard landing after two tyres burst at Abuja Nnamdi Azikiwe International. There were 98 passengers on board and no casualties.|
|10 Dec 2005||Chanchangi Airlines operations are suspended based on reports that operations are unsafe. The airline resumed operations on 22 Dec 2005 after passing inspections from the aviation authority.|
|29 Dec 2004||Chanchangi Airlines Boeing 727 from Port Harcourt crash landed. 81 people on board were unscathed.|
Chanchangi Airlines resources
Chanchangi Airlines Reservations
|Chanchangi Airlines||(+ 234) 062 24994 / 062 245677||Chanchangi Office Complex, A 5/6 Kachia Road, Kaduna South, Kaduna, Nigeria|
Chanchangi Airlines Contact & Offices
Chanchangi Airlines has a number of airport, city and sales offices, which are tabled below.
|Sheraton Hotel & Towers, Ladi Kwali Way, Maitama, Abuja, Nigeria||(+234) 09 5230225, Ext 8343 D/L 09 5230011|
|Transcorp Hilton, Ghana Road, Maitama, Abuja, Nigeria||(+234) 09 4131811, Ext 6358 D/L 09 4134301|
|Agura Hotel, Festival Road, Area 10, Abuja, Nigeria||(+234) 09 2341752, Ext 1936|
|Rockview Hotel, Cadastral Zone, Adetokunbo Ademola Crescent, Wuse Zone II, Garki, Abuja, Nigeria||(+234) 09 413004, Ext 4052|
|Chanchangi Town Office, No 8. Ahmadu Bello Way, Kaduna, Nigeria||(+234) 062 249949|
|Hamdala Hotel, No. 26 Waff Road, Kaduna, Nigeria||(+234) 062 234595|
|Kaduna Airport, Kaduna, Nigeria||(+234) 062 247355|
|Federal Palace Hotel, Ahmadu Bello Way, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria||(+234) 0802 341 9800|
|Ikoyi Hotel, Kingsway Road, Ikoyi, Lagos, Nigeria||(+234) 01 2691539 / 0803 723 3813|
|Apapa Reservation Center, 24, Commercial Road, Apapa, Lagos, Nigeria||(+234) 0803 305 2937|
|Eko L’Merdian, Adetokunbo Ademola Street, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria||(+234) 01 2624600 / 0802 336 0074|
|Golden Gate Hotel, 25B, Glover Road/Kingsway Road, Ikoyi, Lagos, Nigeria||(+234) 01 2695337|
|Airport Hotel, Awolowo Road, Ikkoyi, Lagos, Nigeria||(+234) 01 4978670-9|
|Port Harcourt Offices|
|Suffy Travels & Towers, Hotel Le Meridien, Tombia Street, Port Harcourt, Nigeria||(+234) 084 231064|
|Hotel Presidential, Aba Road, Port Harcourt, Nigeria||(+234) 084 234937|
|Empire Hotel Nig. Ltd. 187 Aguiyi Ironsi Layout, Umuahia, Abia, Owerri, Nigeria||(+234) 088 220685 / 080 3360074 / 080 34522607|
Chanchangi Airlines Base
Chanchangi Airlines has it’s main operating base at Lagos Murtala Muhammed International Airport (IATA: LOS, ICAO: DNMM).
Chanchangi Airlines Destinations
Chanchangi operates regular scheduled flights between these destinations :
- Abuja (Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport)
- Kaduna (Kaduna Airport)
- Lagos (Murtala Muhammed International Airport)
- Port Harcourt (Port Harcourt International Airport)
- Yola (Yola International Airport)
Chanchangi Airlines Fleet
Chanchangi Airlines operates a fleet of :
- 1 Boeing 737-300 (operated by Jordan Aviation)
- 2 Boeing 727-300’s (BMB and BMC)
- 1 Boeing 737-500