Arik Air Carries 2.3m Passengers in 2010
Arik Air continued its steady growth in passenger figures in 2010 with a total of 2,302,758 passengers. This represents a 15% increase over the 2009 figure. The month of December 2010 was exceptional for the airline as it carried 241,700 passengers. The daily passenger record peaked at 10,164 passengers on Thursday, December 23, 2010, the highest ever since the airline started operations in 2006.
Arik Air now serves 20 domestic and 9 international destinations. The airline opened Monrovia as only new destination in 2010. Arik Air temporarily suspended but resumed operations to Uyo, Enugu and Port Harcourt NAF Base, while the Abuja-Dakar, Abuja-Banjul, Lagos-Ilorin and Lagos-Akure routes were cancelled. Arik Air also shut down its activities in Niger (Agades, Maradi, Niamey, Tahoua, Zinder).
Finally, the airline accepted two new aircraft in 2010: a A330-200 and a B737-800. The wet-leased fleet of Dash8s and F50s was returned to Denim Air. The two older B737-300s were withdrawn from service.