Arik Air announced its return to Enugu following the re-opening of the Akanu Ibiam Airport, Enugu which closed for renovations earlier in the year.
Arik Air, Nigeria’s and West Africa’s largest commercial airline, today announced its return to Enugu following the re-opening of the Akanu Ibiam Airport, Enugu which closed for renovations earlier in the year. The re-opening of the airport, which closed on February 10, 2010, follows the completion of the runway extension by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN).
Arik Air Managing Director/Executive Vice President, Mr. Chris Ndulue disclosed that the airline will resume daily flight services into Enugu from both Lagos and Abuja on Friday, December 17, 2010. “We are starting with one daily flight from Lagos and Abuja into Enugu and we hope to increase this frequency as traffic picks up on the route.”
Ndulue stressed that Arik Air is elated over the re-opening of the Enugu Airport as the airline’s guests who use the airport daily for their business shuttles now have a much valued route back in to the network. He elaborated: “Enugu, Nigeria's coal city and capital of the old Eastern Region, is central to Arik Air's operations and this explains why it was one of the airline's early destinations to be connected shortly after launch in 2006.”
Daily flights from Lagos to Enugu will depart at 7:10 am to arrive at 8:20 am and thereafter leave Enugu at 8:50 am to arrive Abuja at 9:50 am. Flights from Abuja to Enugu will depart at 10:30 am to arrive at 11:20 am and thereafter leave Enugu at 11:50 am to arrive Lagos at 1:00 pm.
Arik Air will be deploying one of its modern Boeing 737-700 aircraft on the Lagos-Enugu-Abuja route.
Arik Air is West Africa’s leading commercial airline. It now operates a fleet of 26 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), Monrovia (Liberia), London Heathrow (UK), Johannesburg (South Africa) and New York JFK (USA).
The airline currently operates over 150 flights daily from its hubs in Lagos and Abuja.