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Arik Air shelves Brazil expansion plans

27 May 2014, 10:36Henry Ifeanyi

Lagos - Arik Air conceded it would no longer be able to commence flights from Lagos to Brazil before the soccer World Cup.

The tournament begins in the South American country mid-June.

Arik Air Senior Vice President, Operations/Deputy Managing Director, Captain Ado Sanusi, said the airline would no longer be able to commence flights to Brazil due to some challenges but expressed optimism that Arik Air would eventually link Nigeria and Brazil.

He said the airline has however made up for the lapse with by rewarding four loyal customers with an all-expense paid trip to Brazil following the conclusion of draws in the Brazil 2014 sales promotion.

The four winners were picked from the tickets of many loyal customers who flew Arik Air’s business class from Lagos to London, New York or Johannesburg between March 1 and April 30.

Director of Consumer Protection Directorate, Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Alhaji Adamu Abdullahi, supervised the draw while music super star, Ice Prince, was a special guest at the event in Lagos.

Speaking at the draws, Sanusi said, “The idea of this draw came about a year ago when Nigeria qualified for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The aim was actually to fly to Brazil and we have been working on that for over two years, trying to make sure that we fly Lagos to Brazil before the commencement of the World Cup finals.”

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