One of Nigeria’s carriers, Arik Air, says it will commence its international operations from the Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa, to London next year.
The Chairman of the airline, Chief Johnson Arumeni who disclosed this in a chat with The Tide at the Port Harcourt Airport, said that the planned Port Harcourt to London flight will commence in the first quarter of next year after the airline has successfully commenced its Lagos – New York operations in November this year.
Chief Arumeni also said that the Airline is working with the Rivers State Government on how to re-develop the Port Harcourt International Airport, to a world class standard.
Already, he said discussion has begun between the state government and his organisation on how best to tackle the issue of developing the airport which has been neglected over 30 years ago.
In his words “we are partnering with the Rivers State Government to re-develop Port Harcourt Airport, Omagwa, to a world class airport. We want to change the face of the airport and make the airport a world class standard.”
He said that the South-South region require a suitable and world class airport because of its importance in the economy of the country.
On the planned Port Harcourt-London flight, Arumeni said the plan is in the drawing board, but assured that by the first quarter of 2010, the Port Harcourt airport will commence the operations.
“What I will assure you is that, Arik Air will definitely commence operations out side Africa from Port Harcourt by the first quarter of 2010.
Sources said the airlined is currently dominating the domestic operations in almost all the airports in the country.
In Port Harcourt airport alone, Arik operates eight frequencies including a night stop with most of its new engines.