As of 24 March, Nigeria’s Arik Air extended its service between Abuja (Nigeria) and Accra (Ghana) to Dakar (Senegal).
Similarly, the Lagos-Dakar service will be strengthened to six weekly flights with a new three times a week Lagos-Accra-Dakar service.
The Abuja-Accra-Dakar service, which was first introduced in February 2014, was suspended in the wake of the Ebola outbreak in July 2014.
Although the Abuja-Accra service is a daily service, the extension to Dakar will operate three times a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The Lagos-Accra-Dakar service departs Lagos at 19h50 (local time) and arrives in Accra at 19h50 (local time). The flight continues on to Dakar, departing Accra at 20h35 (local time) and arriving in Dakar at 23h50 (local time).
The inbound flight departs Dakar at 02h15 (local time) and arrives in Accra at 05h30 (local time). At 06h15, the flight departs Accra and arrives in Lagos at 08h15.
The Abuja-Accra flight retains its original schedule of 17h00 (local time) departure out of Abuja and 17h30 (local time) arrival in Accra. The inbound flight departs Accra at 06h00 (local time) and arrives in Abuja at 20h50 (local time).
As a result of these developments, Arik Air will be creating a scissors hub in Accra where passengers from Lagos and Abuja can connect direct to Dakar.