Arik Air begins Dubai, eyes India services

Lagos, Nigeria-based Arik Air will debut its maiden Middle Eastern flights when it launches a five times weekly Lagos to Dubai Int’l – via Nigeria’s capital city, Abuja – service using A330- 200 aircraft from 28 July.


Arik Air begins Dubai eyes India services


Lagos, Nigeria-based Arik Air will debut its maiden Middle Eastern flights when it launches a five times weekly Lagos to Dubai Int’l – via Nigeria’s capital city, Abuja – service using A330- 200 aircraft from 28 July. Arik Air’s international network currently includes flights to London Heathrow, Johannesburg O.R. Tambo and New York JFK served with either its two A330-200s, or its pair of A340-500s.

Meanwhile, Arik Air is discussing the possibility of launching direct flights from Nigeria to India, which surfaced during the visit of Ajjampur Rangalah Ghanashyam, Indian High Commissioner to Nigeria. “With over 120 daily flights, 26 aircraft and over 2,000 direct employees, Arik Air qualifies as a serious player for any Indian airline to partner with in order to facilitate seamless flights between the two countries,” Ghanashyam said.

Currently, passengers travelling between Nigeria and India have to transit via South Africa, Ethiopia or Dubai and close to 47 per cent of Nigerian visits to India are primarily for medical treatment.