27 January 2016

Nigeria: Ebola - Arik Resumes Flights to Freetown

Following the eradication of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in some West African countries, Arik Air has resumed flight services from Lagos to Freetown, Sierra Leone beginning from February 23, 2016.

It would be recalled that the flights were suspended in July 2014 in the wake of Ebola outbreak.

The airline said in a statement on Wednesday that the resumed service will entail a new schedule with flights from Lagos to Freetown now routed via Accra, Ghana.

"This will be a three-weekly flight to be operated on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays using a Boeing 737-800 Next Generation aircraft configured to carry 20 Business Class and 126 Economy Class passengers," the airline said.

Arik Air, it would be recalled, commenced operations into Freetown in June 2009 until July 2014 when it was suspended because of the Ebola scourge.

Managing Director, Mr. Chris Ndulue explained that the resumption of the flight to London was based on demand from passengers.

He said, "Arik Air is the dominant carrier in West and Central Africa and air travelers in this region look up to us to fly them to their destinations. We want to assure our loyal customers on the Lagos-Freetown route that we are back to deliver the safe, secure and reliable services that are the hallmark of Arik Air".


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