Arik Air, Nigeria’s largest, and Africa’s fastest growing commercial airline, has carried a total of 1,039,656 passengers across its network of 120 daily flights in the first half of 2011. The New York route experienced the largest increase in passenger numbers with a 30% increase of traffic. The daily London and Johannesburg routes also saw an increase in passenger numbers, as did most domestic routes. Lagos- Abuja remains the strongest domestic route. Within West-Africa, Arik Air saw considerable improvement in its operations to Dakar, Freetown and Accra.
The most significant individual month was March when Arik carried 201,936 passengers in the run up to the mid-term holidays. In April the passenger figures were badly affected by the interuptions to our schedules due to the elections and non-movement restrictions in Nigeria.
Speaking on the disclosure of the half year figures, Arik Air Vice President Planning & Marketing, Mr. Bert van der Stege, said: “Whilst these have been impressive results, we aim to carry even more passengers in the 2nd half of 2011. Arik Air is the carrier of choice during the current holiday season and we already see an encouraging amount of forward bookings for the month of December. Clearly our current attractive price promotions have helped”.
Arik Air has recently been awarded Africa’s fastest growing airline by the influential Airline Network News and Analysis (anna.aero). In just four and a half years of operations, Arik Air carried over seven million passengers. In the 2nd half of 2011 Arik Air is expected to launch new international destinations and continue its growth path.