Arik Air, West and Central Africa’s largest and the continent’s fastest growing airline, has announced the launch of a new scheduled service between Ibadan and Abuja. Direct services between the two cities will commence on Monday, September 19, 2011 and will be operated using a Bombardier Q400 aircraft four times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Flights will depart Abuja at 11:45 am, arrive in Ibadan at 1:00 pm with the outbound flight leaving Ibadan at 1:30 pm and arriving back to Abuja at 2:45 pm.

Announcing the services in Lagos, Arik Air’s Managing Director, Chris Ndulue, said the new services are part of the airline’s route development programme for the second half of the year which has witnessed the opening of new Lagos-Asaba and Abuja-Asaba routes with more domestic and international routes set to launch.

He commented: “By linking Ibadan with Abuja, Arik Air offers air travellers more convenient connections between Ibadan and Abuja than what was previously offered with many travellers having to utilize the ever- busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

“The Ibadan Airport has remained underserviced in spite of the fact that it is located in the third largest city in Nigeria by population and the largest in geographical area. We owe it a duty as a truly Nigerian airline to help in the infrastructural development of the country. This explains our resolve to connect all airports across the country”

Ibadan becomes Arik Air’s 21st domestic destination. 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 operation.