Airline resumes services to Kaduna following restoration of fire cover.

Arik Air, Nigeria’s leading commercial airline, today announced that it was resuming its flights to the airport of Kaduna, in northern Nigeria. This follows validation by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) that the airport’s fire cover category has been increased, the airport once again meets safety requirements and it is safe for airlines to resume normal operations.
 
The airline took the decision to suspend temporarily its service to Kaduna on Wednesday (27 May) when it learned that the airport fire cover had fallen below minimum safety limits. At that time, the airline made clear its intention to re-commence its routine operations once the fire cover issues had been addressed by the authorities. The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), under whose responsibility fire cover falls, has now repaired the airport’s fire engines and Arik Air is once again operating a full schedule of flights to Kaduna.
 
“At Arik Air, safety is our primary concern,” stressed the airline’s Managing Director Michael McTighe, in announcing the resumption of the airline’s services to Kaduna. “We apologize to our Guests for any inconvenience the temporary withdrawal of our services may have caused. However, safety comes first and there can be no compromise,” emphasized Mr. McTighe.
 
Arik Air is Nigeria’s leading commercial airline. It currently operates a fleet of 27 state-of-the art regional, medium haul and long haul aircraft. The airline provides scheduled services to 19 airports across Nigeria as well as Accra (Ghana), Cotonou (Benin), Niamey (Niger) and London Heathrow (UK).
 
New daily non-stop flights will begin between Lagos and Johannesburg on 1 June 2009.
 
New four times weekly services will begin from Lagos to Freetown (Sierra Leone), Banjul (Gambia) and Dakar (Senegal) on 3 June 2009.
 
The airline currently operates a combined total of 120 daily flights from its hubs in Lagos and Abuja.
 
It employs a workforce of 1,400.