Transport - Arik Air, West and Central Africa’s largest carrier, has announced a steady growth in the number of passengers it carried between 2012 and 2013, according to latest figures released here Thursday by the airline. The figures showed that the airline moved 2,745,400 passengers in 2013, representing 18.6 per cent increase over the 2012 passenger figure of 2,315,247.
Arik's spokesman, Mr. Adebanji Ola, told aviation correspondents that 'The month of March 2013 was significant in that the airline recorded the highest passenger figure for the year with a total of 260,132 passengers carried across its wide network of 30 destinations.
'This was against the 171,794 passengers carried in the same month in 2012,' the statement said
The statement added that a significant increase was also recorded in April when 249,854 passengers were carried, representing about 33.7 percent increase over the 2012 figure.
Arik Air has so far flown 13,471,414 passengers from inception on 30 October 2006 till 31 December 2013, the statement said.
Arik Air Managing Director, Mr. Chris Ndulue, in his remarks , attributed the steady growth to the airline’s continued adherence to safety standards, unequalled extensive domestic coverage and good service delivery.
Ndulue commented: 'We have gone through a rapid expansion over the years while the last two years have been used to consolidate on the new markets.'
He said: 'In 2014, the airline plans to increase its market share in Nigeria,' adding 'With the addition of three new aircraft to our fleet last year, we are set to continue our expansion programme by launching new routes to Abidjan and Dubai before the end of the second quarter.”