Ikeja - Arik Air on Thursday announced plans to provide additional flights to key domestic destinations for intending passengers during the festive period between December 19 and December 24.
The airline's Managing Director, Chris Ndulue, made the announcement in a statement signed by the airline's Head, Public Affairs in Lagos.
In the statement, Ndulue explained that the move was in response to the yearnings of intending passengers who wished to celebrate Christmas and New Year period with their families and friends.
He said that the additional flights were necessary to ensure that many Nigerians got the opportunity to share the joy of the season with those closest to them.
“For many of our guests, the Christmas and New Year period is a time when families wish to be reunited at the end of a busy year.”
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“And the airline is therefore very pleased to announce that on many of our domestic routes, the airline will be scheduling additional flights.”
“The airline will also be operating larger aircrafts to cater for the expected increase in demand,” he said.
Ndulue said that during the festive period, instead of the average 120 daily flights normally operated by the airline, it would increase its daily flights to an average of 140.
“The key domestic routes that will be affected during the festive season are Enugu, Owerri, Calabar, Lagos, Abuja and Asaba.”
“Between December 19 and December 24, 2014, Arik Air will increase the frequency of its flights on the Lagos-Owerri route from twice to thrice daily while Abuja-Owerri will increase from once to twice daily.”
“Similarly, the frequency of flights on the Abuja-Enugu route will increase to twice daily, Abuja-Calabar to twice daily and Lagos-Asaba to twice daily,” he said.
The media recalls that the airline had in the previous month, increased the frequency of its flight on some other key domestic routes.
These routes are the Lagos-Calabar, Lagos-Enugu, Lagos-Benin, Abuja-Benin, Lagos-Kano, Abuja-Kano, Abuja-Asaba and Abuja-Ibadan.