Arik Air, West-Africa’s largest and Africa’s fastest growing airline, is adding Asaba, the capital of Delta State to its growing network of domestic destinations by commencing direct flights from Lagos and Abuja to the new Asaba International Airport on Friday 2nd September 2011. The flight will be operated using a Bombardier Q400 daily except Tuesdays and Saturdays.

The originating flight will depart Lagos at 7am and arrive in Asaba at 8am. The flight will continue onto Abuja, departing Asaba at 0830am and landing at Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport at 0930am. The outbound flight will then depart Abuja at 1000am and arrive in Asaba at 1100am and depart Asaba at 1130am and arrive in Lagos at 1230pm, connecting onto the rest of Arik’s domestic and international network.
 
Commenting on the new service, Arik Air’s Managing Director, Mr. Chris Ndulue said:
 
“It is a pleasure to connect Arik Air to one of Nigeria’s new airports and in doing so make Asaba the 20th Nigerian destination served by the airline..
 
“The new services to Asaba International Airport will offer a highly attractive alternative to guests from Delta State using the existing flights to Osubi Airstrip, Warri. Arik Air appreciates the importance of Delta State in Nigeria’s industrial and economic development as an oil producing state. Arik Air’s new services from Lagos and Abuja to Asaba makes it more accessible and therefore attractive to long-term investment as well as provide increased services for existing businesses in the area.”
 
A Bombardier Q400 aircraft will operate on the new route. Arik Air has configured this aircraft to 10 business class, and 62 economy class seats in order to allow for more leg room and aisle space than any other similar category aircraft in the region.