Arik Air has detailed its plans for Arik
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.
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.”
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
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.
spokesman adds: “Also there is plan for future operations to Cotonou in the Benin
in France and Dubai
in the UAE.”
Arik, which began operations in October 2006,
operates 18 aircraft and is expecting a further 14 to be delivered by year-end.