The new schedule, according to Ola Banji, the airline’s spokesman, which took effect from October 11, 2015, is aimed at further enhancing connectivity in the West Coast.
The flights from Lagos to Douala via Cotonou and back will operate on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Outbound flights from Lagos will depart at 11:15am, arrive Cotonou at 11:45am, depart Cotonou at 12:30pm and arrive Douala at 2:00pm. Inbound flights will depart Douala at 2:45pm, arrive Cotonou at 4:15pm, leave Cotonou at 5:00pm and arrive Lagos at 5:30pm.
The new schedule allows passengers to conveniently connect to these destinations with the advantage Arik Air’s extensive domestic and regional network provides.
It also provides convenient connections to some of the airline’s international destinations such as New York.
Commenting on the new schedule, Chris Ndulue, Managing Director of Arik Air, said: “Nigeria and Cameroun share a lot in common as good neighbours and Arik Air is always happy to provide connections needed to foster closer relationships and promote trade”.
Arik Air is the only airline flying six times a week from Lagos to Douala via Cotonou and vice versa.
Arik Air is Nigeria and West Africa’s largest airline and operates mainly from two hubs at Murtala Mohammed Airport Lagos and Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja.
It operates a fleet of 28 state-of-the art regional, medium haul and long haul aircraft including two Airbus A340-500 making the airline the first operator of the wide bodied aircraft in Africa.
The airline currently serves 19 destinations across Nigeria as well as Accra (Ghana), Banjul (Gambia), Dakar (Senegal), Freetown (Sierra Leone), Monrovia (Liberia), Cotonou (Benin Republic), Abidjan (Cote d’Ivoire), Douala (Cameroon), Luanda (Angola), London Heathrow (UK), Johannesburg (South Africa) and New York JFK (USA). The airline operates a combined number of about 120 daily flights from its hubs in Lagos and Abuja, and has been Africa’s fastest growing airline for the last five years.