Nigeria’s Arik Air plans India foray

Nigeria’s Arik Air plans India foray

Nigeria’s flag carrier, Arik Air plans to enter the Indian market with the launch of direct flights to the country.

Nigerian flag carrier looks at direct operations to India
Nigerian flag carrier looks at direct operations to India

The airline discussing the possibility of launching direct flights from Nigeria to India, which surfaced during the visit of Ajjampur Rangalah Ghanashyam, Indian High Commissioner to Nigeria.

“With over 120 daily flights, 26 aircraft and over 2,000 direct employees, Arik Air qualifies as a serious player for any Indian airline to partner with in order to facilitate seamless flights between the two countries,” Ghanashyam was quoted as saying by Ventures Africa.

Currently, passengers travelling between Nigeria and India usually transit via South Africa, Ethiopia or Dubai. Close to 47% of Nigerian visits to India are primarily for medical treatments.

“Direct flight are also important during medical emergencies, because direct movement of patients during emergencies would save a lot of lives,” Ghanashyam added.

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