Air Nigeria has announced the beginning of its new three times weekly flight service to Abidjan via its regional hub in Accra, Ghana to further provide an array of choice for passengers in response to growing demands for convenient connectivity to improve trade ties amongst capital cities in the West African region.
The new Accra-Abidjan-Accra sector which is to come into effect on November 14 will offer onward connectivity to Abidjan as well as save transit time to deliver superior travel experience to customers on the route. In addition to the introduction of the new route, From December 1, 2011, Air Nigeria will also increase its frequency on the direct Lagos-Douala-Lagos to six weekly flights from the existing four flights as well as adding two additional flights on the Cotonou-Doula-Cotonou route.
Arik Air, Nigeria’s largest commercial airline, has formally been announced as the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) newest member.
The IATA membership follows one year after Arik satisfied the requirements to be registered on the IATA Operational Safety Audit’s (IOSA) register.
Becoming a member of IATA affords an airline a host of interlining and code-share opportunities. Arik has already opened interline agreements with Hahn Air and Emirates and is currently speaking with a number of international carriers on code-share arrangements.
Arik has also joined up to the IATA Billing & Settlement Plan (BSP) for Nigeria and Central and West Africa. Despite reports to the contrary last week, IATA have confirmed that Arik was not suspended from the IATA BSP.
Dr Michael Arumemi-Ikhide, Group CEO & President Arik Air, commented:
“Joining IATA is a huge achievement for any airline so needless to say we are very proud of the endeavor it has taken and success we have achieved in reaching this landmark at only five years of age. Unfortunately we had to handle a lot of inaccurate reports and maligned press about Arik being suspended from the BSP or having been suspended from IATA last week, so we are happy to quash these negative reports now and inform everybody that we are in fact only formally announcing our membership today.
“The membership provides us the ability with which to link our markets, products and services to the rest of the world via partnerships and associations and we are keen to do so. Consolidating our position in West And Central Africa is the key strategy for the airline going forward and we are wellplaced to work with other carriers who similarly view the region as an opportunity to develop a cohesive and safe network.”
Danish shipping and ports operations giant, AP Moller-Maersk Group, has concluded plans to expand its ports operations in Nigeria. The move by the firm, which subsidiary in Nigeria, AP Moller Apapa Terminals Ltd, is the concessionaire of Africa’s largest container terminal, Apapa Container Terminal (ACT), Lagos, would help it to meet its rapidly growing Nigeria’s import volumes.
The company is said to be considering a $120 million proposal to develop land at its Apapa facility that would eventually handle more than 1 million TEUs annually.
The Danish shipping giant, which has its corporate headquarters in Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, is expected to make a final investment (FID) before the end of this year.
Impeccable sources close to the subsidiary of the company in Nigeria said it was sure that the plan to enlarge the container stacking yard, invest in new equipment and improve the customs area would go ahead as planned.
According to the source, the investment would be part of a much larger commitment by AP Moller-Maersk to boost its business in the West Africa and Central Africa Sub-regions.