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Arik Air to expand operations in Ghana

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Arik Air entered Ghana’s booming aviation sector in 2008. After enjoying a steady growth, the Nigerian owned passenger airline intends to expand its operations in the country.

Mr Trevor Henry, Country Manager of Arik Air said during a media interaction in Accra Friday January 14, 2011 that the airline has taken delivery of a brand new Airbus 330-200 aircraft which is the first of its kind to help facilitate passenger’s movements frequently and safely.

Mr Trevor said the airline has launched its sixth route in the West African sub-region between Lagos and Monrovia from Accra adding “the airline has introduced a state-of-the-art Operations Control Centre (OCC) making it the second airline in the world and first in Africa to have such equipment”.

He said the airline now flies twice daily during during the week from Accra to Abuja-Lagos and two times during weekends.

Highlighting on some achievements of the airline, Mr Keelan Morris, Corporate Communications Manager said the company won the best security conscious airline of the year at the international security conference and awards in 2010.

Mr Morris added that the topmost priority of the airline is providing safety to all its stakeholders especially its clients.

He hinted that since Ghana has discovered oil, it’s planning to collaborate with companies in the oil industry to airlift people to the oil city in the western region.

Operating with 26 aircraft, Arik Air flies in most Nigerian states, Accra, Monrovia, Freetown, Dakar, Cotonou and Banjul in West Africa.

The airline also flies on the following international routes, London, New York and Johannesburg.

By Ekow Quandzie

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