Arik Air is introducing a new service between Nigeria and Gabon as part of the airline’s expansion programme.
Commencing February 12th, Arik Air will be flying from both Nigerian cities of Lagos and Port Harcourt to Libreville, Gabon.
This will be the first international route launch in 2016 by any airline in Nigeria and also the first in the series of new destinations the airline is planning for its tenth anniversary year.
The Lagos-Port Harcourt-Libreville service will operate thrice weekly on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday out of Lagos/Port Harcourt and on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday out of Libreville.
The outbound flight departs Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos at 17:20 and arrives in Port Harcourt International Airport at 18:30.
The flight thereafter continues onto Libreville, leaving Port Harcourt at 19:15 and arriving in Libreville International Airport at 20:30.
The inbound fight departs Libreville at 07:30 and arrives in Port Harcourt at 08:45.
The flight then leaves Port Harcourt at 09:30 and arrives into Lagos at 10:40. All times are local.
Libreville thus becomes Arik Air’s second destination in Central Africa and the 13th international destination.
Arik Air is the only airline to offer a direct service between Nigeria and Gabon.
The city, being a notable trade centre in the Gulf of Guinea, is haven for Nigerian traders especially those from the South Eastern region.
It is also home to a ship building industry, brewing industry and it exports raw materials such as wood, rubber and cocoa from the main port.