It stands to reason that Nigeria hotels – at least those of the top order catering to international travellers – should have a sound working relationship with the airports and airlines. The airport customers, airline passengers and hotel guests tend to be one in the same, and the airports, airlines and hotels need to work together in the interests of client satisfaction, repeat business, etc.
Nigeria’s main point of entry for international visitors is the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) situated 22 kilometres north-west of Lagos, the most densely populated city in Nigeria and arguably home of the best Nigeria hotels. The international and domestic terminals with a pair of runways were modelled on Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport and are where Nigeria’s Air Nigeria, Arik Air as well as the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria and the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority are headquartered. Serving over 5.5-million passengers a year, MMIA is one of the largest airports in Africa and accounts for over 50% of Nigeria’s air traffic – the other international airports being Nnamdi Azikiwe (Abuja) and Mallam Aminu (Kano) to the centre and north of the country, and Port Harcourt to the south.
International airlines that offer flights between Nigeria and numerous parts of the world include: Afriqiyah Airways, Air France, Bellview Airlines, British Airways, Cameroon Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Egypt Air, Emirates Airlines, Ethiopian Airlines, Ghana Airways, Kenya Airways, KLM, Liberia Airlines, Lufthansa Airlines, Middle East Airlines, North American Airlines, Qatar Airways, Royal Dutch Airlines, Sabena Airlines, Saudi Arabian Airlines, South African Airways, Sudan Airways, Turkish Airlines and Virgin Atlantic Airways. The top Nigeria hotels’ guest services include assisting with flight bookings.
From the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, using the highway link, it is half-an-hour to an hour’s drive to the centre of Lagos, depending on the traffic conditions. There are Hertz and Avis car rental desks at the airport, and most of the international Nigeria hotels’ services include catering to their guests’ car rental requirements. Most business travellers and holiday-makers make use of the yellow taxis that can be boarded outside the departure lounge – they’re safe to use, although it’s advisable to ask the driver for his identification and to agree on the fare before getting inside the vehicle or letting anybody handle your luggage. And the taxi drivers are familiar with the whereabouts of the best Nigeria hotels, such as the Southern Sun Ikoyi Nigeria if you’re in Lagos – so there’s no danger of getting lost en route.