5 DECEMBER 2011
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West Africa’s largest airline, Arik Air, based at Lagos is set to recommence operations between Abuja, the Nigerian capital and Heathrow, on 12 December. Both British Airways and Virgin Atlantic had been in dispute with the Nigerian authorities over traffic frequencies and this also now appears to be resolved. BA will operate daily to both Abuja and Lagos. Likewise Virgin Atlantic now flies daily to Lagos.
Arik will offer a daily flight between the two capitals, complementing its daily Lagos – Heathrow service bringing Arik’s total frequency of flights between Nigeria and the UK to 14 per week. Arik will fly into Terminal 4 operating a New Generation Boeing 737-800 aircraft. It is a two-class configuration with 16 Business Class cradle style seats with 8.6’’ TV monitors and 126 ergonomically designed Economy Class seats with a seat pitch of 34’’.
Arik first introduced the Abuja – London route in November 2009, discontinuing the service at the end of summer schedule for technical reasons. At the same time the airline will introduce a twice weekly link to Luanda from Lagos which connects with the London flight. www.arikair.com
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