On 28 July, Arik Air — the largest carrier in Nigeria — celebrated the launch of five weekly flights from Lagos to Dubai via Abuja. Addressing to the audience shortly before the airline’s first departure to its 12th international destination is Sally Mbanefo, General Director, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation.
- Arik Air expanded its long-haul network with the addition of two new routes to the most populous city in UAE during the course of last week, both of which are operated five times weekly using its 251-seat A330-200s. On 28 July at 22:15, the Nigerian carrier launched operations from Lagos (LOS) to Dubai (DXB), a route which is operated via Abuja (ABV). Furthermore, on 29 July at 01:00, the airline commenced operations on the 5,390-kilometre sector from Abuja (ABV), a route which is already flown by Emirates (daily). Nevertheless, the 5,900-kilometre airport pair from Lagos (LOS) will face competition from Emirates’ twice-daily flights. Commenting on the addition of Dubai to its network, Michael Arumemi-Ikhide, CEO, Arik Air, said: “This is another exciting moment for us all at Arik Air, not only launching a new international destination, but becoming the first airline to link the capital Abuja to Dubai. The importance of Dubai as the Middle East’s commercial capital makes it imperative for Arik Air to connect the city with Lagos which is a Nigeria’s commercial capital.” Arik Air is analysed in more detail in this week’s airline profile.