Arik Air is spreading its wings to the new Gombe Airport Terminal with commencement of commercial flights into the north eastern town as from Sunday, April 19, 2009.

Arik Air is spreading its wings to the new Gombe Airport Terminal with commencement of commercial flights into the north eastern town as from Sunday, April 19, 2009.
 
Announcing the commencement of operation into Gombe Airport, General Manager, Sales and Marketing, Suraj Sundaram, said the flight will operate between Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja and Gombe four times a week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday) using a Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft. The flight will depart Abuja at 11.10am with the return trip leaving Gombe at 12.30 pm.
 
The CRJ900 aircraft is configured to carry 74 passengers (10 business and 64 economy class) in order to allow for more leg room and aisle space than any other similar category aircraft. The leather seats throughout are both comfortable and luxurious, and the quite environmentally friendly aircraft provides for a relaxing, stress free journey.
 
Sundaram said the decision to add Gombe to the growing list of destinations is borne out of the desire to enable guests from the north eastern town a seamless connection to Abuja, while ensuring safe, reliable and modern air transport services to the communities in and around Gombe.
 
“The addition of Gombe on our route network is a testimony to our commitment to the growth of Nigerian aviation and in line with our promise to fly to all state capitals and key markets in Nigeria where there are functional airports”, Sundaram stressed.
 
Gombe, carved out of the old Bauchi state in 1996, is one of the major producers of cash and food crops in Nigeria and is blessed with abundant resources. The city thus becomes the 19th Nigerian airport to be serviced by Arik Air.
 
A promotional fare of N15, 000 in economy class and N28, 500 in business class, will be charged for a one-way ticket on the new route.
 
The new Gombe International Airport, built by the state government, was opened for flight operations in November last year and used for the airlift of pilgrims to Saudi Arabia. The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) had last year expressed satisfaction over aeronautical facilities at the airport. These facilities include a 3.3km runway, apron, fire vehicle, water hydrant and perimeter fence which met international standard.