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Arik Air Readies To Resume Abuja-London Flights

By on November 30, 2011

A month after it suspended flights between Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport and London- Heathrow Airport, Arik  Air said yesterday that it is set to resume operations by December 12, this year.

According to the airline’s Chairman, Sir Joseph Arumemi-Ikhide, this stems from the positive and favourable outcome of negotiations between the United Kingdom and the Federal Governments on the Bilateral Air Services Agreement (BASA).

He explained that it has been agreed that Arik will receive two additional weekly slots at Heathrow Terminal 4 in order to operate a daily flight on the Abuja-London-Heathrow route compared to five times weekly that the airline had operated from November 2009 until last month when it suspended operations due to some extraneous factors.

The increased frequency on the route, he said, means Nigeria is operating 14 of its 21 agreed frequencies between the two countries.

The airline will operate a daily flight between the two capitals, complementing its daily Lagos-London, Heathrow service.

This would bring Arik’s total flight frequencies between Nigeria and the UK to 14 per week.