Simon Ateba/Aviation correspondent
Arik Air, Nigeria’s largest commercial carrier announced on Saturday that it is expanding its regional African network with the addition of new flight services from Lagos, southwest Nigeria to Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC.
The first flight on the route will leave Lagos on Wednesday, 5 December and subsequently operate twice weekly on Wednesdays and Sundays, the airline said.
The announcement means Kinshasa has now become Arik Air’s third destination in Central Africa, following the inclusion of flights to Luanda, Angola in 2011 and Douala, Cameroon in August this year.
The new Lagos-Kinshasa service will operate via Douala, Cameroon, Arik said in a statement.
The Lagos to Kinshasa route will be served with a Boeing 737-700 Next Generation aircraft.
The 737-700 is a two class compartment and the configuration is 12 Business Class seats and 112 Economy Class.
Business Class passengers will enjoy a 44” seat pitch with cradle style seats, while Economy Class passengers will have plenty of room on the flight with a generous seat pitch of 34”.
Arik Air’s Managing Director/Executive Vice President, Mr. Chris Ndulue was quoted as saying that Kinshasa is the airline’s 12th African destination and underscores the airline’s commitment to linking the African markets for proper integration of the continent.
“Kinshasa is the second largest city in sub-Saharan Africa and the third largest in the whole continent after Lagos and Cairo. Thus, it is strategically important to link Lagos with Kinshasa,” Ndulue said.