Lagos- Arik Air is planning to increase its fleet and increase international destinations, an official has said.
In an exclusive interview with CAJ News, Arik Air Spokesperson, Banji Oni, said the undisclosed number of aircraft will be delivered to the airline's Lagos office before end of the year.
The costs of the new flights could be not be mentioned, but insiders range around US$100 million.
Arik Air are responding to South African Airways, who recently announced acquisition of new flights to enable them increase presence across Africa.
Arik Air compete directly with the South African Airways on the Johannesburg - Lagos route.
"We are planning to increase the number of our fleet from 33 with wide body aircraft. This is necessitated on the need for efficiency and passenger comfort," he said.
Banji also noted that the airline which current flies in over 19 destinations, including Nigeria, South Africa and other African destinations, is also considering expansions to other parts of the world.
Last week, Arik Air announced that it has commenced the process that would enable it start direct flights from Nigeria to Sao Paulo, the Brazilian commercial nerve centre.
The move comes 19 years after the Brazilian national carrier, Varig Air stopped direct flights into the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.
The airline in a statement said it has applied for traffic rights and slot allocation from the Brazilian National Civil Aviation Agency. -