Arik Air has announced the restructuring of its management team to improve efficiencies and for better service delivery as the airline strives to consolidate its position as Africa’s fastest growing carrier.
Arik Air, Nigeria’s largest commercial airline has announced the restructuring of its management team to improve efficiencies and for better service delivery as the airline strives to consolidate its position as Africa’s fastest growing carrier.
Following the departure of the airline’s former Managing Director, Mr. Michael McTighe in October 2009, a team of management experts were seconded from Arik International SA for a six-month period to manage the transition and oversee the day-to-day business. Arik International provides logistical business support and management consultancy services to Arik Air Limited (Nigeria).
The team from Arik International SA, including Mr. Jason Holt who became Arik Air Limited’s Managing Director, was mandated to see the airline through the peak travel season (which ran October 2009 through January 2010) and lay the foundations for the entry into service and integration of the Bombardier Q400 into Arik Air’s fleet.
Since that objective has now been achieved, and as part of a planned restructuring of Arik Air Limited operations, the Board has decided to relocate Mr. Jason Holt back to Arik International, UK from April 19th 2010. In the interim and during the period of the restructuring, Arik Air Limited’s (Nigeria) Deputy Managing Director, Mr. Chris Ndulue will oversee the airline’s day-to-day operations under the aegis of Group CEO, Dr Michael Arumemi-Ikhide, and the Board of Directors. Mr. Holt will be based out of London and engage in other appropriate and relevant services to the business. Mr. Holt had for the past two years performed the role of a consultant and advisor to Arik International managing the entry into service of two Airbus A340-500 aircraft.
Thanking Mr. Holt and his colleagues, Arik Air Chairman, Sir J.I.A. Arumemi-Ikhide said: “Jason has made considerable and highly valued contribution to Arik Air’s expansion in the short time spent in Nigeria. I am delighted with the various roles he has played in crafting Arik Air’s current day position both locally and internationally.”
Jason Holt comments that "It has been a privilege to be part of the team from the very outset of the long haul story as well as seeing through the needed support and continuity over the record breaking period where Arik consolidated its fleet and retained market share over the peak season of Q4 2009 and Q1 2010. The stage is now set for the further successful development of the business as it continues to expand and consolidates its market share in Nigeria and West Africa."
Arik Air is Nigeria’s leading commercial airline. It operates a fleet of 25 state-of-the art regional, medium haul and long haul aircraft. The airline serves 22 airports across Nigeria as well as Accra (Ghana), Banjul (Gambia), Cotonou (Benin), Dakar (Senegal), Freetown (Sierra Leone), London Heathrow (UK), Johannesburg (South Africa) and New York JFK (USA).
The airline currently operates over 130 flights daily from its hubs in Lagos and Abuja.
It employs a workforce of more than 2,100.