Airline connects Ilorin with Lagos and Abuja.

Arik Air, Nigeria’s leading commercial airline and the largest in West Africa, today announced the further expansion of its domestic network with the launch of scheduled flights to Ilorin, capital of Kwara State. The airline will offer services from Ilorin to both Lagos and Abuja.

The inaugural flights between Ilorin and Lagos and between Ilorin and Abuja will take place on Sunday, 25 October 2009. The new services to Lagos will operate 5 times per week while the new service to Abuja will operate 3 times per week. Flights between Lagos and Ilorin will depart Lagos on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays at 5.30pm arriving in Ilorin at 6.30pm. Return flights will depart Ilorin at 7pm, arriving in Lagos at 8pm. Flights between Abuja and Ilorin will depart Abuja on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 11am, arriving in Ilorin at 12.05pm while return flights will depart Ilorin at 12.35pm, arriving in Abuja at 1.40pm.

According to Arik Air’s General Manager, Sales and Marketing, Suraj Sundaram, the opening of Arik Air’s services between Ilorin and Lagos and Abuja will help reinforce Ilorin’s existing north-south gateway status and strengthen its appeal as a regional commercial hub. It will also offer a highly attractive alternative to existing users of surface transport. “Arik Air recognises the role aviation plays in helping develop stronger intra-state economic ties. In recent years, Kwara State has witnessed increased investment in industrial activity, especially pharmaceuticals, food production and flour milling. Arik Air’s new services between Ilorin and the country’s leading commercial hub, Lagos and the Federal Capital, Abuja will serve to increase further Kwara State’s attractiveness to investors. Arik Air will also provide travellers with a quick, comfortable and affordable alternative to the long journeys by road,” Mr Sundaram emphasised.

Mr Sundaram went on to explain: “Arik Air offers 120 flights each day across its network and currently serves 20 airports within Nigeria from both Lagos and Abuja. We also fly from Lagos to six West African countries as well as to London and Johannesburg. Arik Air can therefore offer travellers from Ilorin a choice of onward domestic, regional and international connections that no other airline can match.”
Ilorin becomes the 21st airport to be served on Arik Air’s rapidly expanding domestic network.
Oneway fares of N16,000 and N17,000 will be offered between Lagos and Ilorin and between Abuja and Ilorin respectively.

Arik Air is Nigeria’s leading commercial airline. It operates a fleet of 29 state-of-the art regional, medium haul and long haul aircraft. The airline currently serves 20 airports across Nigeria, as well as Accra (Ghana), Banjul (Gambia), Cotonou (Benin), Dakar (Senegal), Freetown (Sierra Leone), Niamey (Niger), London Heathrow (UK) and Johannesburg (South Africa). The airline will soon commence non-stop flights between Lagos and New York (JFK) and between Abuja and London (Heathrow).

The airline currently operates 120 daily flights from its hubs in Lagos and Abuja.

It employs a workforce of more than 1,700.