Arik Air increases capacity ahead of Christmas and New Year period

Airline provides additional domestic flights to South East.

Arik Air, Nigeria’s leading commercial airline, has announced plans to provide extra flights to domestic destinations in order to meet the needs of guests wishing to travel home to spend the Christmas and New Year period with family and friends.

Arik Air’s Managing Director, Mr Jason Holt said the airline is increasing its flight schedule during the festive period to ensure that many Nigerians can share the joy of the season with those closest to them.

Mr Holt elaborated on the Christmas schedule: “For many of our guests, especially those who originate from southern Nigeria, the Christmas and New Year period is a time when families wish to be reunited at the end of a busy year. Arik Air is therefore very pleased to announce that on many of our important domestic routes, the airline will be scheduling additional flights and operating larger aircraft to cater for the expected increase in demand.”

The airline’s Chief Commercial Officer, Mr Suraj Sundaram added: “Arik Air already connects 22 destinations within Nigeria, enabling the airline to bring more Nigerian families together this festive season than any other carrier. At this time of the year, keeping people connected becomes even more important. The airline’s special Christmas flight program will commence from Monday, December 21, 2009 and will see an increase in capacity, principally from our two hubs of Lagos and Abuja, to destinations such as Enugu, Owerri, Port Harcourt, Benin, Warri, Calabar and Uyo.”

In early January 2010, Arik Air will also be providing additional capacity and extra flights to bring guests back to Lagos and Abuja after the Christmas and New Year festivities.

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), Johannesburg (South Africa) and New York JFK (USA).

The airline currently operates 130 flights daily from its hubs in Lagos and Abuja.
It employs a workforce of more than 1,800.