The management of Arik Air said it will resume Abuja and Accra flights which were suspended in March following the closure of Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja for runway repairs.
The Abuja-Accra flight will operate daily from Monday, July 17, 2017 with a 5:30 pm (local time) departure out of Abuja and 7:40 pm (local time) departure out of Accra.
Speaking on the resumption of Abuja-Accra service, Arik Air’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Captain Roy Ilegbodu said: “The re-introduction of the Abuja-Accra operation is part of the management’s strategy to optimize flight schedule and respond to the needs of our valued customers.’’ “ The airline has been at the forefront of providing customer-centric services since our inception and we will continue to respond to the needs of our customers at all times”.
About Arik Air
Arik Air is a Nigerian airline operating mainly from two hubs at Murtala Muhammed International Airport near Lagos and Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja. Arik Air’s head office is the Arik Air Aviation Center on the grounds of Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Ikeja. Arik Air serves a network of regional and mid-haul destinations within Africa. It is the largest carrier in Nigeria and West Africa.
On 3 April 2006, Arik Air took over the former Nigeria Airways facilities in Lagos, some three years after its liquidation, and began reconstruction work. On 14 June 2006, Arik took delivery of 2 new Bombardier CRJ-900 aircraft to fly domestic routes throughout Nigeria and, within the African continent from Summer 2006, 2 ex-United Airlines Boeing 737–300s and 3 50 seat Bombardier CRJ-200 aircraft.
In August 2006, the Federal Ministry of Aviation granted Arik Air authorisation to fly to Trinidad and Tobago and Amsterdam, London and Madrid in Europe. Furthermore, the airline then planned to fly to Atlanta, Miami, and Houston in the United States and Birmingham in the United Kingdom. On 30 October 2006, Arik Air began scheduled passenger flights with four flights between Lagos and Abuja using CRJ 900 aircraft. Flight operations began to Calabar on 15 November 2006 and services to Benin City and Enugu started on 7 January 2007. The airline is wholly owned by Ojemai Investments.