Nigeria’s leading airline, Arik Air is again expanding its route network with the commencement of direct flights to the Sam Mbakwe Airport, Owerri.
This is in response to the calls from concerned citizens of the South East for the servicing of the Owerri airport by operators.
Owerri is the first in the series of new domestic and regional routes the airline plans to open in the New Year.
When operational, the airline will fly the Lagos-Owerri, Owerri-Lagos, Owerri-Abuja and Abuja-Owerri routes.
The move to add Owerri to Arik Air’s route network is coming at time when distinguished senators from Imo State are worried that airlines are abandoning the airport following the re-opening of the Port Harcourt International Airport.
The Managing Director of Arik Air, Michael McTighe said; “We took the decision to fly to Owerri airport to satisfy the yearnings of our esteemed guests from that part of the country who are craving for our unrivaled service delivery.
“We also realize the importance of Imo State as the Eastern Heartland and feel that the airport should not be abandoned more so when it is realized that it was built through communal effort. In the next few weeks, Owerri will join the Arik route network:.
With the addition of the Sam Mbakwe Airport, Owerri to Arik Air’s network, the number of airports the airline services has now increased to 12 and this again underscores the number one position of the airline in Nigeria.
Arik Air currently flies to Abuja, Port Harcourt, Benin, Enugu, Calabar, Warri, Kano, Jos, Maiduguri, Yola and Lagos.
The expansion of its route network is in line with Arik Air’s commitment to providing an efficient, reliable and safe airline in Africa.
The Managing Director has assured Nigerians that the airline looks forward to the opening of the Katsina Airport.