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Shortest flight path from Johannesburg to Lagos

Cheap Flights from Johannesburg to Lagos

You want to get on the cheapest flight from Johannesburg to Lagos (Nigeria):

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If you're looking to fly from other parts of South Africa, or to other parts of Nigeria, see our flights to Nigeria page.


  • 14 February 2014 : South African Airways applies for an additional 2 weekly frequencies from JNB to LOS.

  • 15 November 2013 : Lagos has introduced a hotel occupancy & restaurant consumption tax, equal to 5% of the total bill issued, excluding VAT & service charges.


24 April 2013. My experience was with Arik airlines and I was travelling  from Johannesburg to Nigeria. The flight itself was comfortable with awesome flight attendants and delicious food. Even though there was no TV entertainment it was a safe journey. Many people, including my cousins, have recommended me to travel with South Africa Airways because of the top notch service on their flights and that's what I plan to do in December 2013, when I am going with my 2 kids to meet their grandparents and also meet their fatherland for the first time in their life.

Airlines flying from Johannesburg to Lagos

We carried out a snapshot survey of flight prices from Johannesburg to Lagos, and ordered the airlines from cheapest at the top (this will have changed since):


Kenya Airways

Johannesburg O.R. Tambo (JNB) to Lagos (LOS)

1-stop (12 to 24 hours)
Nairobi (NBO)

Air Namibia

Johannesburg O.R. Tambo (JNB) to Lagos (LOS)

1-stop (23 to 29 hours)
Windhoek (WDH)


Johannesburg O.R. Tambo (JNB) to Lagos (LOS)

Abu Dhabi (AUH)

Ethiopian Airlines

Johannesburg O.R. Tambo (JNB) to Lagos (LOS)

1-stop (23 hours)
Adis Ababa (ADD)

Arik Air

Johannesburg O.R. Tambo (JNB) to Lagos (LOS)


South African Airways

Johannesburg O.R. Tambo (JNB) to Lagos (LOS)
4 weekly flights in Boeing 747-400s


Turkish Airlines

Johannesburg O.R. Tambo (JNB) to Lagos (LOS)

1-stop (28 hours)
Istanbul (Ist)


Johannesburg O.R. Tambo (JNB) to Lagos (LOS)

1-stop (21 hours)
Dubai (DXB)

The map which follows shows the shortest flight path from Johannesburg to Lagos.

flight path from Johannesburg to Lagos

Visa requirements to enter Nigeria

Pls check with the Nigerian embassy for up to date requirements. At the time of writing, passengers were required to carry the following with them:

•    Letter of Invitation for business travellers
•    Copy of Certificate of Incorporation of Nigerian inviting company
•    Proof of business appointments while in Nigeria
•    Return air ticket
•    Confirmed hotel accommodation
•    Valid yellow fever certificate
•    Any other documentation that may be considered relevant


Here's a history of flights from Johannesburg to Lagos:

  • 10 June 2013 : Think Africa, Think Lagos video:

  • 8 May 2013: Presidents Jacob Zuma & Goodluck Jonathan sign an MoU whereby South African citizens who hold diplomatic or other official passports need not apply for a visa to travel to Nigeria (and the same for Nigerians travelling to South Africa). "We also encourage the promotion of more people to people linkages. In this regard, South Africa will open a tourism office in Lagos. Last year South Africa attracted more than 70 000 Nigerian tourists, and we want this figure to increase. We encourage South Africans to also visit Nigeria and explore this beautiful country which plays such a critical role in Africa and the world." President Jacob Zuma toasting the President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan

  • 31 March 2013: Etihad increases its frequency of flights between Abu Dhabi and Lagos, to daily.

  • 17 May 2012 Air Nigeria, the reincarnation of Virgin Nigeria, recommences flights from Joburg to Lagos.

  • 8 Mar 2012 The SA government apologises to its Nigerian counterparts for deporting 125 Nigerian nationals, accused of trying to enter the country with fake yellow fever certificates.

  • 6 Mar 2012 In an apparent tit-for-tit, Nigerian officials deport 56 South Africans who arrived on SA061, an SAA flight from Johannesburg to Lagos's Murtala Mohammed International Airport. Nigeria believes that South Africa's requirement for yellow fever vaccination documents is unnecessary. Nigeria's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Olugbenga Ashiru, said that "This is the first time in all my career in the foreign service where a supposedly friendly country would send 125 Nigerians back home on the flimsy excuse that they are carrying fake yellow cards (vaccination against yellow fever). Even if those deportees were actually carrying fake yellow cards, the worst the South African authorities could have done was to have quarantined them and given them the necessary inoculation". Ashiru added that "Nigeria would react in a matured and calculated way to this assault on our people. We will deliberately show that we mean business." And in an ominous warning for South African companies doing business in Nigeria, Arishu added that the administration would look into the activities of SA corporate operating in Nigeria, saying that they are bringing half-baked graduates into Nigera to occupy positions which could be filled by Nigerian citizens.

  • 2 Mar 2012 Arik Air Nigeria - Joburg flights are suspended as a result of 125 passengers being denied entry into South Africa as a result of not having yellow fever innoculations. Arik Air resumes flights on the 5th March 2012.

  • 8 Jul 2009 Bellview Airlines announces the suspension of its Johannesburg - Lagos flights until 31 Mar 2010, as a result of over-capacity on the route. “In the first quarter of 2009 alone, frequency between Lagos and Johannesburg has been increased indiscriminately from six to fifteen weekly flights. This indiscriminate increase is not supported by logical market demand, serving only to erode yield on the route. This over capacity is occurring at a time of global weakening demand occasioned by effects of the global economic recession.  No airline can claim to be profitable on this route at the current fare levels,” Bellview Airline spokesman, Mr. Habib Mohammed

  • Jul 2009 SAA increases its frequency to 6 weekly flights from Johannesburg to Lagos (Nigeria).

  • 1 Jun 2009 Arik Air begins daily flights from Johannesburg to Lagos, in an Airbus A340-500, with flat beds and secluded booths for premier class passengers.

  • 27 Jan 2009 Virgin Nigeria suspends Johannesburg - Lagos flights (in response to this, SAA changed to Boeing 747-400s to increase its capacity on its 4 weekly flights).

  • 1998 SAA begins flying between Johannesburg and Lagos.

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