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Getting to know Arik Air

This Nigerian airline was launched in 2002 after founder, Sir Joseph Arumemi-Ikhide noticed a gap in the market for a reliable and efficient carrier to transport businesspeople across the country. As a businessman himself he had noticed that transportation in Nigeria was largely unreliable, making it difficult for cross-country (and cross-border) business dealings to thrive.

For the first six years the airline operated exclusively in Nigeria, launching its first international route to Accra, Ghana in 2008 and its second to Johannesburg, South Africa in 2009. After this, a string of additional African routes were added, and more recently, flights to London and New York as well.

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Why fly with Arik Air

  • If you’re travelling in Nigeria/West Africa their service is definitely among the more reliable for on time performance!
  • They offer 50% more leg room in economy class than their competitors and no middle seat in business class on regional flights, which makes it even more comfortable!
  • A 3 time winner of Nigerian Airline of the year award in 2007, 2009 and 2010!

Baggage allowance

Arik Air has a variety of different check in baggage options for different classes, regions and destinations. However, you will be safe to assume that the general free checked baggage limit for economy travellers is 23kg per piece for two pieces, and the general free checked baggage limit for business and first class is 32kg per piece for two pieces.

Parents travelling with infants are allowed to check in one collapsible stroller and one car seat per ticketed passenger.

Check in

Airport check in

Arik Air check-in counters open 2 hours before departure for Domestic flights, 3 hours for Regional and 4 hours for International flights and passengers are advised to be there as early as possible to avoid long queues.

Online check in

For those who want to skip the queues and streamline their travels, online check in is available on selected Arik Air flights. Online check in opens 24 hours before the scheduled departure time and closes 5 hours before on international and 3 hours before on regional and domestic.

All passengers, including infants and children, need to present their identification documents as well as their passports should they be travelling abroad.

Cabin classes

Cabin classes available in Arik Air fleet are as follows.
  • Economy
  • Premier business

Arik Air operates from two main hubs: Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos and Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja.

Top destinations for Arik Air:

  • Lagos
  • Freetown
  • london
  • New York
  • Johannesburg
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The information on this page is correct as of October 2015. While every effort is made to keep information as fresh as possible, takes no responsibility for any of the information being out of date or incorrectly noted.

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