Arik Air has stated that it would resume domestic flights from Wednesday, July 8, 2020, following the Federal Government’s decision to re-open Lagos and Abuja airports for flight operations.
According to an online statement issued by the Public Relations and Communications Manager, Adebanji Ola, the airline will be operating three daily flights from Lagos to Abuja in the first phase of the restart while Port Harcourt will be added to the schedule from Saturday, July 11, 2020 when the Port Harcourt International Airport (PHIA) Omagwa is reopened for operations.
The airline assured passengers of their safety and well-being at every stage of their flight, as the airline has put various measures in place in line with COVID-19 health protocols as recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO), International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the Federal Government of Nigeria.
The statement advised passengers to arrive at the airport three hours before scheduled departure times so as to have ample time to undergo all security and health protocols before flight. The airline, furthermore urged passengers to come properly kitted with their face masks.
Arik Air Chief Executive Officer, Capt. Roy Ilegbodu elaborated on the airline’s resumption, “We are ready to fly our esteemed customers again. All preparations have been made to make flying in this extraordinary period in the world safe and pleasurable. Arik has worked actively with aviation agencies for an effective re-start of the industry and also ensure that agreed health measures are effectively implemented”.
Recalled that Arik Air suspended flight operations on March 27, 2020, following the escalation of Coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria.