Arik Air first to serve Katsina.

As part of its aggressive route development programme, Arik Air, Nigeria’s largest commercial carrier has announced new services between Abuja and Katsina, making Arik Air the first airline to operate commercial flights into the recently commissioned Katsina International Airport.
Announcing the new route in Lagos today (5 June 2009), Arik Air’s Managing Director, Michael McTighe said the airline’s decision to add Katsina, in north-central Nigeria, to its growing list of routes forms part of the airline’s strategy to connect the entire country by regular and reliable air services.
 “We recognize the importance for Nigerian airports to fully realise their potential. We also support the mandates of the federal government and of individual states to increase trade and investment and to facilitate new market opportunities for businesses,” Mr. McTighe stressed.
Mr. McTighe noted that Katsina holds an important place in Nigeria’s political history by being the home state of His Excellency President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua and former military Head of State, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (Rtd.). “Arik Air is proud to be the first airline to connect Katsina with the Federal capital,” he added
Arik Air’s General Manager Sales and Marketing, Mr. Suraj Sundaram, said the new service would commence on Sunday, June 7, 2009, operating three times weekly, on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Flights will depart from Abuja’s Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport at 11.10 am and from Katsina Airport at 12.55pm.
An Economy Class promotional fare of N14, 000 one way will be offered on the new route for a limited period.
Katsina becomes Arik Air’s 20th domestic destination and follows the launch of scheduled flight operations between Abuja and Gombe on April 19, 2009.
Arik Air is Nigeria’s leading commercial airline. It operates a fleet of 27 state-of-the art regional, medium haul and long haul aircraft. The airline currently serves 20 airports across Nigeria as well as Accra (Ghana), Cotonou (Benin), Niamey and Agadez (Niger), London Heathrow (UK) and Johannesburg (South Africa).
New services commenced on 3 June, operating from Lagos to Freetown (Sierra Leone), Banjul (Gambia) and Dakar (Senegal) 4 times each week.
The airline currently operates 120 daily flights from its hubs in Lagos and Abuja.
It employs a workforce of 1,400.