Arik Air has reached a rapprochement with Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Ltd (BASL), operators of the Murtala Muhammed Airport Terminal 2, by moving a part of its operations, Garden City Express, to the facility.
The airline’s chief executive officer, Capt. Roy Ilegbodu said in Lagos that the service will enable customers to fly direct to Port Harcourt City from MMA2
He said the daily flights which commence February 12, 2018 will depart from MMA2 and arrive at the Nigeria Air Force (NAF) Base, Port Harcourt, a 10 minutes’ drive from down town.
He said the airline maintains a well-resourced terminal at NAF Base Port Harcourt and assures passengers of premium customer service.
Ilegbodu added that the service eliminates the almost one hour drive passengers arriving into the International Airport, Omagwa normally endure while traveling to Port Harcourt City.
“This is Arik Air’s first and only scheduled flight departing and arriving in MMA2 Lagos. The Garden City Express is an addition to Arik Air’s three daily flights from Lagos to Port Harcourt International Airport Omagwa.
“We are delighted to offer this premium service to our customers who are time conscious and desire to cut the long drive from Omagwa to Port Harcourt City. This service will offer a great travel experience with our dedicated terminal at NAF Base Port Harcourt and efficient flight crew,” said Ilegbodu.
It would be recalled that the former management of the airline had issues with BASL.
Arik had said it paid N160 million for office space at the terminal in 2007, a claim which the terminal management never refuted.
The airline also said no space was allocate for it, a development which compelled it to institute a legal action against BASL at the Lagos High Court but was yet to recover the money or be allocated any office space.
The airline then vowed it would rather fold up and take its operations to any other African country than fly from MMA2.