Arik Air Flies First Post-Lockdown Flight

Tickets for these flights are being sold online at the rate of N29,022 for economy class and N71,495 for business class.

Arik Passengers boarding on Wednesday morning / Photo credit: NCAA
Arik Passengers boarding on Wednesday morning / Photo credit: NCAA

As commercial flights resume in two of Nigeria’s major airports in Lagos and Abuja, Arik Air became the first airline to operate a flight which took off from Lagos and landed in Abuja at 8.30 am on Wednesday morning.

Air Peace also operated a flight from Abuja to Lagos shortly after.

The Air Peace flight was scheduled to have departed Abuja for Lagos at 8.30am.

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No domestic commercial flight has operated in the country since March 27 due to the outbreak of coronavirus and the government’s efforts to contain it.

Passengers appear to be flocking back to the airport as the Arik flight witnessed a good number of them arriving from Lagos.

The CEO of Arik Air, Roy Ilegbodu had said a few days ago that the airline would be operating three flights a day.
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A schedule at the airport showed it had three flights planned from Abuja to Lagos at 9.15 am, 1.45pm and 6.15pm.

Tickets for these flights are being sold online at the rate of N29,022 for economy class and N71,495 for business class.

Air Peace had other scheduled flights from Abuja to Lagos at 4.30pm and 7.30pm with tickets selling at N33,000.

The minister of aviation, Hadi Siriki had said last week that only two airports would begin flight operations on July 8, that is Lagos and Abuja.

In a July 2nd tweet, he said other airports, specifically those in Kano, Port Harcourt, Owerri and Maiduguri would begin flight operations on July 11, 2020.

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