Abidjan - Nigeria’s Ambassador to Cote d’Ivoire, Ifeoma Akabogu-Chinwuba, has commended Arik Airlines for resuming flight operations from Lagos to Abidjan.
Akabogu-Chinwuba in Abidjan on Tuesday that the resumption of flight operation by the airline was a welcome development and would enhance business.
Arik which stopped flight operation to Abidjan in 2002 resumed on Monday with 16 passengers on board.
The maiden flight from Lagos to Abidjan touched the tarmac at exactly 4 p.m and left for Lagos on return at 5.10 p.m.
The ambassador said that the development would strengthen business interactions among businessmen and companies from the two countries.
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"Air Cote d’Ivoire already goes to Nigeria, now we have Arik, Asky Airlines also goes to Nigeria, the implication is that we now have choices, it is a good omen,’’she said.
Also speaking, Arik’s Vice President for West and Central Africa, Tola Gbadamosi said the development was part of the company’s resolve to expand its operations.
"We are the largest airline in Africa, we are present in many countries, this development is just part of our resolve to continuously extend our services,’’ he said.
Gbadamosi gave a pledge that Arik would continue to ensure optimal services to its passengers saying, "our policy of ensuring the best of services will be brought to bear in our operations here.’’
Some Nigerians living in Cote d’Ivoire who spoke in Abidjan described the development as 'good news'.
Nigeria and Cote d’Ivoire recently reviewed the Bilateral Air Services Agreements (BASA) that existed between the two countries since 1964.
The review increased the number of flight frequencies from cities in the two countries such as Abuja, Lagos, Yamoussoukro and Abidjan.