Arik Air Expands to Abidjan
Central and West Africa’s largest airline will commence scheduled flight operations from Lagoa, Nigeria to the Ivorian city via Cotonou, Benin Republic.
The new service will begin operation on February 16, 2015, and will operate four-times weekly on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
The route will be operated using Arik Air’s Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft configured with 10 Business Class and 64 Economy Class seats.
Arik Air’s Managing Director/Executive Vice President, elaborated on the new service: “Abidjan is a preferred destination for Nigerian businessmen and women. Arik Air’s foray into this commercial city will make life a lot easier for our guests who have been yearning for flight connection between Nigeria and Cote d’Ivoire. This service will further underline Arik Air’s position as West Africa’s premier airline.”
On Mondays, the outbound flight will depart from Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos at 14:45pm arriving into Cotonou International Airport at 15:15pm. The flight then departs Cotonou at 16:00pm and arrives at Felix Houphouet Boigny International Airport, Abidjan at 16:20 pm. The return flight departs Abidjan at 17:05pm arriving into Cotonou at 19:25pm. The return flight leaves Cotonou at 20:10pm and arrives in Lagos at 20:40pm.
On Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, the outbound flight departs Lagos at 11:15 am, and arrives into Cotonou at 11:45am. It will then depart Cotonou at 12:30pm arriving into Abidjan at 12:50pm. The inbound flight departs Abidjan at 13:35pm and arrives into Cotonou at 15:55pm. The return flight departs Cotonou at 16:40 pm to arrive in Lagos at 17:10 pm.
The Lagos – Abidjan service is Arik Air’s first new route in 2015, and marks the airlines seventh destination in West Africa.
Abidjan is the economic centre and former official capital of Cote d’Ivoire and the third largest French speaking city in the world, after Paris and Kinshasa. The city is considered a cultural hub of West Africa and is characterized by a high level of industrialization and urbanization.
Arik Air is West-Africa’s leading airline operating a domestic, regional and international flight network. It operates mainly from two hubs at Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos and Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.