31 OCTOBER 2011

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Article from BTNews 31 OCTOBER 2011

Nigerian airline joins IATA

Arik Air, Nigeria’s largest commercial airline, has formally been announced as the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) newest member five years to the day after it made its maiden flight.  The IATA membership follows one year after Arik satisfied the requirements to be registered on the IATA Operational Safety Audit’s (IOSA) register.  Arik is now also a member of the IATA Billing & Settlement Plan (BSP).

Dr Michael Arumemi-Ikhide, Group CEO and President, Arik Air, commented: “Joining IATA is a huge achievement for any airline so needless to say we are very proud of the endeavour it has taken and success we have achieved in reaching this landmark at only five years of age

“The membership provides us the ability with which to link our markets, products and services to the rest of the world via partnerships and associations and we are keen to do so.”

The airline currently serves 21 destinations across Nigeria as well as Accra (Ghana), Banjul (Gambia), Dakar (Senegal), Freetown (Sierra Leone), Monrovia (Liberia), Heathrow (UK), Johannesburg (South Africa) and New York JFK (USA) where it is particularly successful.  The carrier now only serves Lagos from Heathrow having dropped the Abuja route. www.arikair.com

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