Nigerian airline Arik Air has said it is ready to assist Emirates Airline in flying passengers from various destinations in the country that the latter has suspended its operations.
Emirates had earlier announced that it would stop from the nation’s capital Abuja.
Arik announced on Thursday through its Chief Commercial Officer (CCO), Suraj Sundaram, that it would be able to assist Emirates with accommodating passengers from various Nigerian destinations.
According to Sundaram, “Arik Air and Emirates have a long standing partnership through an interline agreement since 2011 which enables Emirates passengers to have access to the entire Arik Air network for connections to and from within Nigerian destinations and to other West African countries.
“This means Arik Air would be able to fly Emirates passengers from various Nigerian destinations (including Abuja) and other West African markets to Lagos for onward connection to the Emirates service from Lagos to Dubai.”
Sundaram also added that the travel choices for Emirates customers from Nigeria and West Africa to travel to various global destinations had increased due to Arik’s interline agreement with the airline.
He said that such partnership also allows Emirates passengers to tap into Arik’s strong network which currently serves 18 destinations in Nigeria and 10 in West and Central African destinations.