Arik details route network for Niger Republic operation

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Arik Air has detailed its plans for Arik Niger, which will initially serve three domestic destinations and then later branch out into intercontinental flights.

The West African state of Niger has granted national carrier status to Arik Niger, which is aiming to begin operations during the first week of August.

An Arik spokesman says: “It’s not a separate airline per say. It will still be part of the big Arik family, but under the name Arik Niger. The number of aircraft to be based in Niger is still being worked out, and I expect that soon.”

He says operations will be based at Niamey, Niger’s capital and largest city which is located in the west of the country on the Niger River.

Arik Niger’s domestic destinations will include the country’s second and third cities, Zinder and Maradi, in the south. The carrier will also serve Agadez, which is situated centrally and is the largest city in northern Niger.

The spokesman adds: “Also there is plan for future operations to Cotonou in the Benin Republic, Paris in France and Dubai in the UAE.”

Lagos-based Arik, which began operations in October 2006, operates 18 aircraft and is expecting a further 14 to be delivered by year-end.