The airline will offer services from Uyo to Lagos and Abuja.
Arik Air, Nigeria’s largest commercial airline has commenced commercial flight services to the new Akwa Ibom International Airport, Okobo near Uyo. The airline will offer services from Uyo to Lagos and Abuja.
Scheduled commercial flight services to the new Akwa Ibom International Airport commenced on Wednesday, December 2, 2009 making Arik Air the first airline to operate commercial flights to the airport which was officially commissioned on September 23, 2009.
Announcing the new services in Lagos today, Arik Air’s Managing Director, Mr. Jason Holt said: “This is another milestone in the history of Arik Air. The airline operated the maiden flight to the new Akwa Ibom International Airport on September 23, 2009, and now it is making history as the first airline to operate scheduled flights to the airport. This is indeed a proud moment for the airline.”
According to Arik Air’s Chief Commercial Officer, Mr. Suraj Sundaram, the new services from Uyo to Lagos and Abuja will operate seven days a week (Monday to Sunday).
Mr. Sundaram said: “The new services to Akwa Ibom international Airport will offer a highly attractive alternative to guests from Akwa Ibom State using the existing flights to Margret Ekpo Airport, Calabar. Arik Air appreciates the importance of Akwa Ibom State in Nigeria’s industrial and economic development as an oil producing state. With the state serving as operational base to a number multinational companies in the oil industry, Arik Air’s new services from Uyo to Lagos and Abuja will further increase the State’s attractiveness to investors.”
The Chief Commercial Officer went on to explain: “Arik Air offers 124 flights each day across its network and currently serves 22 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 and New York JFK. Arik Air can therefore offer travellers from Akwa Ibom State a choice of onward domestic, regional and international connections that no other airline can match.”
Akwa Ibom becomes the 22nd Nigerian airport to be served on Arik Air’s rapidly expanding domestic network.
Arik Air is Nigeria’s leading commercial airline. It operates a fleet of 31 state-of-the art regional, medium haul and long haul aircraft. The airline currently serves 22 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 commenced non-stop flights between Lagos and New York (JFK) on November 29, 2009 and between Abuja and London (Heathrow) on November 26, 2009.
The airline currently operates over 124 daily flights from its hubs in Lagos and Abuja.
It employs a workforce of more than 1,800.