Arik Air, West and Central Africa’s largest commercial carrier is to begin scheduled commercial services between Lagos, Nigeria and Douala, Cameroon. The first commercial flight on the new route will be held on Thursday August 30 and subsequently operate three times weekly on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

The outbound flight will depart Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos at 11:10 am (local time) and arrive in Douala International Airport, Douala at 12:40 pm (local time). Inbound flight will leave Douala at 1:25 pm (local time) and arrive in Lagos at 2:55pm (local time).

The new Lagos-Douala route is Arik Air’s second foray into Central Africa coming after the inauguration of Lagos-Luanda (Angola) route on December 13, 2011.

The Lagos – Douala route will be served with a Boeing 737-700 Next Generation aircraft. The 737-700 is a two class compartment and the configuration is 12 Business Class seats and 112 Economy Class. Business Class passengers can enjoy a 44” seat pitch, cradle style seat while Economy Class passengers will equally enjoy plenty of room on the 1h 10min flight with a seat pitch of 34”.

Arik Air’s Executive President/Managing Director, Mr. Chris Ndulue said of the new service:

This is another exciting moment for us all at Arik Air launching our first new international destination in 2012. Douala is our 10th African point and the third sub-Saharan destination. The importance of Douala as Cameroon’s commercial capital and home to the country’s largest port makes it imperative for Arik Air to connect the city with Lagos which is also Nigeria’s commercial capital.

Guests on the new route can, as usual, be assured of Arik Air’s highest safety and service standards”.