Arik Air Flies Its Ten Millionth Passenger

Nigerian airline Arik Air has flown its ten millionth passenger since it began operating in 2006.  This year alone, Arik has transported more than 1.5 million passengers across its network.
The milestone passenger, businessman Abdul Aziz Mustapha, was travelling on the airline’s Johannesburg to Lagos route, and was greeted by Arik Air’s Vice President South Africa Rodger Whittle at check-in.  He was presented with an “Arik memento”, an upgrade to business class for his flight, and a pair of complimentary business class tickets for his next flight with the carrier.
Dr Michael Arumemi-Ikhide, Group CEO and President of Arik Air, commented:  “Carrying ten million passengers in less than six years is a remarkable achievement for Arik Air that further underlines our status as Africa’s fastest growing airline.”
The milestone was met only hours before the carrier’s announcement that it was suspending all domestic flights.  It claimed that officials from the Federal Aviation Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) tried to stop passengers from boarding a flight.  The carrier has denied reports that it has not being paying fees to the authority.
(Image:  Arik)