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Arik Air Resumes Abuja-Accra Service

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According to a statement by the airline, Arik Air’s flights between Abuja and Accra were suspended in March following the closure of Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja for runway repairs.

The Abuja-Accra flight will operate daily with a 5:30 pm departure out of Abuja and 7:40 pm departure out of Accra.

Speaking on the resumption of Abuja-Accra service, Arik Air’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Captain Roy Ilegbodu said:

“The re-introduction of the Abuja-Accra operation is part of the management’s strategy to optimize flight schedule and respond to the needs of our valued customers.

“Arik Air has been at the forefront of providing customer-centric services since our inception and we will continue to respond to the needs of our customers at all times”.

Arik Air was taken over by the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) at the start of 2017, deeming the airline as too big to fail. Since the takeover, all flights leaving Africa, along with flights to O.R. Tambo International Airport, have been gradually suspended.

Simultaneously, KPMG was appointed by AMCON to conduct a forensic audit of Arik Air’s books. Since then, AMCON is gradually in the process of reviving and stabilizing the airline and its operations.

As part of the restructuring process, the Nigerian carrier suspended all international services, except to Ghana, Senegal and the Gambia, resulting in the airline’s fleet of A330 aircraft being parked in France.

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