Arik Air continues its leading growth in Nigerian aviation with the addition of Kaduna to its network of destinations.

Arik Air continues its leading growth in Nigerian aviation with the addition of Kaduna to its network of destinations.

Daily flights from Lagos to Kaduna Airport will commence on Monday June 30, 2008, from the old domestic terminal of the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Ikeja, Lagos.

Arik Air daily flight from Lagos to Kaduna will depart Lagos at 10:20am and arrive Kaduna 11:40am, with the return leg (Kaduna-Lagos) departing at 12:20pm and arriving at 1:30pm.

The airline’s decision to add Kaduna to its growing list of routes is borne out of the importance attached to the ‘Liberal State’ and Kaduna city which once served as the capital of old Northern Region of Nigeria.

Arik Air Managing Director, Michael McTighe said of the new route: “The addition of Kaduna on our route network is a testimony to our commitment to the growth of Nigerian aviation. Moreover, Kaduna is Nigeria’s largest textile-manufacturing centre and has other major industries as well, including an oil refinery.

“These are indeed exciting times for us at Arik Air. Our guests from Kaduna can look forward to having the Arik Experience.

“I assure Nigerians of our readiness to fly to every nook and cranny of the country. We have no doubt proved beyond doubt that we are truly the Wings of Nigeria.”

With the addition of this route, the total number of the airline’s daily flights is now 80.

Kaduna thus becomes the 18th Nigerian airport to be serviced by Arik Air.

The airline operates daily flights to Abuja, Port Harcourt, Calabar, Enugu, Kano, Benin, Warri, Jos and Owerri, Yola, Maiduguri, Sokoto and Akure.

Arik Air, which commenced operation on October 30, 2006, is the fastest growing airline in Nigeria and the West Coast of Africa.

Only last month, the airline took delivery of two additional Boeing 737-700 New Generation aircraft to boost its domestic operations.

The latest delivery brought the number of aircraft in the airline’s fleet to 19.

Having firmly established itself as the dominant airline on the domestic route, Arik Air will in the coming weeks launch full scale operations in the West Coast. Presently, the airline operates two daily flights to Accra, Ghana.