Arik Air carries four million guests

Arik Air, Nigeria’s leading commercial airline, has carried a cumulative total of four million guests since the airline’s launch at the end of October 2006. Arik Air also announced that it carried 42% more guests during the period 21 December 2009 through 3 January 2010 compared with the same period a year earlier.

Arik Air is Nigeria’s most important commercial airline and West Africa’s largest and one of Africa’s fastest growing airlines!This airline is likely to join the ranks of Africa's giant legacy carriers South African Airways,Kenya Airways,Ethiopian Airlines and Egypt Air especially if it's able to launch flights to the East African destinations of Nairobi,Entebbe ,Dar es Salaam and Addis Ababa popular with Nigerans!
 The airlines doesn't yet have a frequent flyer program in its business model.


In November 2009,the airline launched the first non-stop flights in a decade by a Nigerian carrier between Lagos and New York, re-connecting Nigeria’s commercial hub with New York.

The airline also launched its first long haul services from Abuja to London Heathrow and expanded services between Nigeria and West Coast markets. At the end of October 2009, when the airline celebrated its third anniversary, Arik Air had carried three and half million guests and just two months later, that figure has risen by half a million.

Arik Air has been the success story of Nigerian commercial aviation. During 2010, the airline has planned to expand its market share in Nigeria to 66 percent, up from the current 40 percent and expects to carry six million cumulative guests by the end of the year.”

Arik Air offers services to 22 destinations within Nigeria, the airline operated a total of 1,169 flights between December 21, 2009 and January 3, 2010 representing a 20 percent increase over the same period in the preceding year. Allowing for regular flights and the additional flights, Arik Air carried a total of 75,687 guests during the festive season, 42% more than during the same period a year earlier.”


Additional Information:Arik Air is Nigeria’s leading commercial airline. It operates a fleet of 31 state-of-the art regional, medium haul and long haul aircraft. The airline currently serves 22 airports across Nigeria as well as Accra (Ghana), Banjul (Gambia), Cotonou (Benin), Dakar (Senegal), Freetown (Sierra Leone), Niamey (Niger), London Heathrow (UK), Johannesburg (South Africa) and New York JFK (USA).
The airline currently operates over 130 flights daily from its hubs in Lagos and Abuja.
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  1. This is excellent news. i would love to feature the airline at my site. Will do some independent research first. Thanks so much for sharing!

    BTW, welcome to blogville!

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  2. Anonymous Says:

    They must have some good things working for them... like having newer planes than competitors but they are almost always 1 hr late for local flights - regardless of weather or congestion at the airport, oversell tickets, assign seats to multiple passengers, leave hours before planned departure, and cancel flights randomly... its sad. Hope they get their operations right soon or they'd be wasting their time competing on the long run.


  3. Anonymous Says:

    Sure they have to sort some of their operational problems in order to win trust from their clientele and improve their efficiency!Delays are often caused by factors beyond an airline's control but notorious delays are definitely the fault of the airlines.

    I have never flown Arik Air,it does not fly to East Africa but looking forward to Flying it this year in West Africa!


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