Arik Air – Ratings and Reviews


Full Review (Arik Air)

Arik Air is a Nigerian airline operating a domestic, regional and international flight network. It is currently the largest airline operator in Nigeria and also the national carrier of Sierra Leone. It operates mainly from two hubs at Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos and Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja. Arik Air’s head office is the Arik Air Aviation Centre on the grounds of Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Ikeja, Lagos State.

On 3 April 2006, Arik Air took over the former Nigeria Airways facilities in Lagos, some three years after its liquidation, and began reconstruction work. On 14 June 2006, Arik took delivery of 2 new Bombardier CRJ-900 aircraft to fly domestic routes throughout Nigeria and, within the African continent from Summer 2006. It also purchased 2 ex-United Airlines Boeing 737–300s and 3 50 seat Bombardier CRJ-200 aircraft. On 30 October 2006, Arik began scheduled passenger flights with four flights between Lagos and Abuja using CRJ 900 aircraft. Flight operations began to Calabar on 15 November 2006 and services to Benin City and Enugu started on 7 January 2007. On 4 April 2008, Arik Air was given permission to fly to the United States by the US Department of Transportation. Arik Air is wholly owned by Ojemai Investments.

The Nigerian government set a deadline of 30 April 2007 for all airlines operating in the country to re-capitalise or be grounded in an effort to ensure better services and safety. The airline satisfied the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA)’s criteria in terms of re-capitalisation and was re-registered for operation.

Arik Air transported its 5 millionth passenger on 6 August 2010 and it transported its 10 millionth passenger on 18 September 2012, both on flights between Johannesburg and Lagos.

On 20 September 2012, the airline cancelled all its domestic operations after aviation officials raided the airline’s office in Lagos, Nigeria. Flights resumed on 23 September. Arik Air has built up a strong domestic network. It covers mainly Nigerian and several other Western African destinations.

In August 2006, the Federal Ministry of Aviation granted Arik Air authorisation to fly to Trinidad and Tobago and Amsterdam, London, Madrid in Europe. Furthermore, the airline then planned to fly to Atlanta, Miami, and Houston in the United States and Birmingham in the United Kingdom.

Arik Air started international operations to London-Heathrow on 15 December 2008, using Airbus A340-500 aircraft. It added Johannesburg on 1 June 2009 and New York JFK on 30 November 2009.


Quick Review (Arik Air)

Founded:            2002

Commenced:    30 October 2006

Hubs:                    Murtala Muhammed International Airport,Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport

Fleet size:           24

Destinations:     30

Slogan:                 Wings of Nigeria

Parent company:Ojemai Investments (Nigeria)

Headquarters:  Arik Air Aviation Centre, Murtala Muhammed International Airport Ikeja, Lagos State, Nigeria


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