Let me confess that I am not a fan of flying, anywhere. Because of Canada’s size, flying from one coast to the another takes roughly nine hours, and that’s if it was a direct flight. Driving is not an option unless you have a lot of time on your hands, so I’ve had to fly within the country a few times, and I’ve been a nervous flyer every time. God hears from me regularly during these flights, and every instance of turbulence has me squeezing my eyes shut and repeating over and over again something about how God is the one in control.
It’s horrible to even think of planes crashing when I am a child of God (and I certainly rebuke plane crashes in Solomon Sydelle style) but I can’t pretend that I don’t think of the worst case scenario each time I enter a plane.
So, when I arrive safe and sound on Nigerian soil, the only thing I want to do is kiss the ground and thank God for preserving the lives of each person on the plane, especially the pilots. I’m so full of good will toward all that any beggars around would surely benefit from the euphoria that I’m filled with. Needless to say, the last thing I want to do is enter another plane.
But…I want to visit Abuja. Driving there from Lagos is possible, of course, but it’s a long drive, the roads aren’t that great and with traffic jams the trip could quite literally take the whole day. Combine that with a limited amount of vacation time and a lot of people to see, it makes sense to hop on the plane and be able to go from Lagos to Abuja and back within one or two days, then head (by car) to Ondo state for all the family goodness.
I know many of you regularly fly within Nigeria. So please, educate those of us who are truly clueless on the matter. Our family is closer to Lagos than Abuja, so the plan would be the get the visit to Abuja out of the way before heading home. So, would it be better to fly into Abuja directly and then hop on the plane and fly to Lagos when we’re done? Or, should we land in Lagos, store the majority of our luggage with friends, then fly to Abuja and fly back to Lagos? We have no family or friends in Lagos that we’d want to impose on, so this is why option 2 is somewhat appealing, since we wouldn’t have to worry about all our luggage. I’d like to hear your recommendations with regard to:
- the best airlines (for Lagos to Abuja or Abuja to Lagos flights)
- whether online booking is the way to go (I’ve heard it is)
- how to get the best rates
- what anyone who has never flown within Nigeria should know
- any other tips or tricks for flying within the country