Emirates, one of the world’s fastest growing airlines, has signed an interline agreement with leading Nigerian carrier Arik Air, making it easy for customers to access a wide range of points across Nigeria and West Africa.
Under the new agreement, customers will be able to purchase joint Emirates-Arik Air itineraries, enabling them to connect seamlessly from Emirates’ double daily services to Lagos onto cities including Abuja, Kano, Kaduna, Port Harcort and Enugu.
Customers will also enjoy a range of added benefits, including special fares and an extra 10kg baggage allowance for Economy Class passengers connecting to points across Nigeria and beyond on Arik Air.
“Our new partnership with Arik Air opens up a wide range of West African destinations for Emirates customers, making travel more easy and convenient than ever before,” said Jean Luc Grillet, Senior Vice President of Commercial Operations for Africa. “What's more, customers will enjoy even better value for money when they purchase their Emirates and Arik Air flights together.”
“Emirates is one of the industry’s leading airlines with an extensive global network. This agreement will undoubtedly provide new travel opportunities for our customer base as well as further developing Arik Air into a truly global airline,” said Kevin Steele, Vice President Commercial at Arik Air.
Started in 1985 with just two aircraft, award-winning Emirates is now one of the fastest growing and most profitable airlines in the world. The airline’s global network now spans 113 destinations in 66 countries across six continents; servicing these destinations with a fleet of 153 wide-bodied aircraft, which includes 15 A380s, the world’s largest passenger aircraft.
Emirates, which launched its 26th European destination Geneva on June 1st, will start new services to Copenhagen, Denmark on August 1st, St Petersburg, Russia on November 1st and a linked service to Rio De Janeiro, Brazil and Buenos Aires, Argentina on January 3rd 2012.
Arik Air is Nigeria’s largest domestic airline and operates a fleet of 23 state-of-the art regional, medium haul and long haul aircraft. The airline currently serves 30 airports across Nigeria as well as Accra (Ghana), Banjul (Gambia), Cotonou (Benin), Dakar (Senegal), Freetown (Sierra Leone), Monrovia (Liberia), London Heathrow (UK), Johannesburg (South Africa) and New York JFK (USA).