Arik Air’s Regional Operations
Arik Niger, as a subsidiary of Arik Air, started flights to five destinations in Niger in May 2009. The scheduled flights to Agades, Maradi, Niamey, Tahoua are partly bookable although not advertised on Arik Air’s website. Flights are operated with two F50s wet-leased from Denim Air. It’s unclear how Arik Niger is developing. Some customers complained about cancellations.
Furthermore, Arik Air operates flights to Accra (two daily flights), Cotonou (frequency unknown), and flies the route Freetown-Banjul-Dakar four times a week. There has been no more news on the earlier announced service from Freetown to London Heathrow. Additional flights and new West-African destinations may be in place now Bellview Airlines left the scene.
Recently, the CEO of Arik Air International, announced that the airline plans to launch flights to Togo, Equatorial Guinea, Angola and Egypt. He also said several West African states had approached the airline to help set up a national carrier through a franchise or a joint venture.