Nigeria flag carrier Arik Air is set to resume its daily flights from
the capital city of Abuja to London Heathrow on 12 Dec, airline Chairman Arumemi Ikhide
said in a statement issued here Tuesday.
He said the positive and favourable outcome of negotiations between the UK and Nigerian
governments on the Bilateral Air Services Agreement (BASA) paved the way for the resumption of the flights.
”Both governments and associated bodies have worked amicably and swiftly to resolve the issue, redress the imbalance and reciprocate on the agreed number of slots,’’ he said.
Sir Ikhide also said his airlines had received two additional slots at Heathrow, meaning it will have a daily flight to London from the Nigerian capital.
After Arik was prevented from landing at Heathrow, Nigeria responded by also slashing British Airways’ slots to Lagos, triggering a series of meetings between officials of both countries to resolve the issue.
Nigeria has since restored British Airways’ full number of seven-weekly flights the economic capital of Lagos, even though the regulatory Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has fined the airline and Virgin Atlantic Airways US$235 million for price-fixing