By Our Correspondent
As a follow-up to the partial ease of the lockdown, which was occasioned by the rampaging Coronavirus (COVID-19), the management of Arik Air on Monday announced resumption of flight operations to Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport in Kano State as well as Yola Airport in Adamawa State. The resumption takes effect on Tuesday July 28, 2020.
According to the airline, both services, will originate from the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja with connections to and from Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos. Arik Air will be operating separate flights from Abuja to Kano and Yola.
Mr Ola Banji, the spokesperson of Arik said the flights from Abuja to Kano will operate four times weekly on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday while flights from Abuja to Yola will operate thrice weekly on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Banji added that passengers traveling from Lagos can connect seamlessly to these services from Abuja.
The airline has again assured passengers of their safety and well-being at every stage of their flight, as the airline has put various measures in place in line with COVID-19 health protocols as recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO), Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the Federal Government of Nigeria.
The airline also reiterated the need for passengers to use their face masks at every stage of their flights and arrive at least one and a half hours before their scheduled departure time.
Speaking on the development, Chief Executive Officer of Arik Air, Capt. Roy Ilegbodu said: “We are delighted to recommence services to Kano and Yola following the approval for the reopening of the airports by the NCAA. “We shall continue to review our operations as more airports are given official permission to reopen to ensure we serve our customers efficiently.”