14th January, 2015
By Simon Ateba/Ouagadougou
Nigeria’s largest airline, Arik Air, said on Wednesday that it is resuming flights to Cameroun and Benin Republic, months after they were suspended, following the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
Even after Nigeria defeated the disease last year, flights to Douala and Cotonou International Airports in Cameroun and Benin Republic remained suspended.
The flight operations will now resume on Monday, 19 January, said Arik Air’s spokesperson, Banji Ola.
He said Arik Air will be operating four weekly flights from Lagos to Cotonou and Douala on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
“Outbound flight departs Lagos at 11:15 am (local time) and arrives in Cotonou at 11:45 am (local time). The flight leaves Cotonou later at 12:30 pm (local time) to arrive in Douala at 2:00 pm (local time),” Ola said in a statement from Lagos.
“From Douala, the inbound flight departs at 2:45 pm (local time) and arrives in Cotonou at 4:15 pm. The flight thereafter leaves Cotonou at 5:00 pm and arrives in Lagos at 5:30 pm,” he added.
Arik Air’s Managing Director, Chris Ndulue, said he was pleased to begin operations again in both West and Central African countries.
“We are pleased to return to Cotonou and Douala after the brief period of suspension of flights. We thank our guests for their loyalty and promise that we shall not renege on our pledge to provide world-class experiences and services which are safe, reliable and continually contribute towards the quality of life in the region,” Ndulue said.