Arik Air, West and Central Africa’s largest commercial airline was a proud winner of two awards at the 10th Security Watch Africa Awards held at Indaba Hotel, Conference Centre and Spa, Johannesburg, South Africa on Friday, November 8, 2013.
First, Arik Air bagged the Best Security and Safety Conscious Airline in West and Central Africa Award while the Airline’s Chief Security Officer, Francis Okafor won the Best Aviation Security Manager in Nigeria Award. This is the third consecutive year the Airline will be winning the prestigious award instituted in 2003 by Africa’s foremost security and safety news magazine, Security Watch Africa.
In the citation read before the award was presented to Arik Air’s Senior Vice President, Standards and Special Projects, Rodger Whittle, the organizers acknowledged the airlines exemplary commitment to security and safety standards. It commended Arik Air for operating safely without any crash or incident since 2006. In his response, Rodger re-stated the airline’s commitment to safety, security and quality service. He noted that it was heartwarming that Arik Air’s huge investment in security and safety has not gone unnoticed.
Arik Air’s Aviation Security (AVSEC) Department is one of the most sophisticated in the industry and the airline’s commitment to safety is second to none in West and Central Africa. Arik Air conducts an independent secondary screening of passengers prior to departures. In terms of safety, Arik Air adheres strictly to international safety standards as stipulated by global civil aviation bodies such as Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Department of Transport, the UK CAA, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).