Arik flies to Kinshasa


Arik Air is expanding its regional African network with the addition of new flight services from Lagos, Nigeria to Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo. The first commercial flight on the route takes place on Wednesday, 5 December and will subsequently operate twice weekly on Wednesdays and Sundays. The announcement means Kinshasa has now become Arik Air’s third destination in Central Africa, following the inclusion of flights to Luanda, Angola in 2011 and Douala, Cameroon in August this year.

The new Lagos-Kinshasa service will operate via Douala, Cameroon with outbound flights departing from Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos at 11h10 and arriving at Douala International Airport at 12h40. Flights will then continue on to Kinshasa, departing from Douala at 13h25 and arriving at N’djili International Airport in Kinshasa at 15h25. The return flights will leave Kinshasa at 16h10, arriving in Douala at 18h10 and will thereafter leave Douala at 18h55, arriving in Lagos at 20h25.

Passengers can still take advantage of the existing thrice weekly flights between Lagos and Douala on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. This service departs Lagos at 11h10 and arrives in Douala at 12h40. The return flight departs Douala at 13h25 and arrives in Lagos at 14h55. The Lagos-Kinshasa route will be served with a Boeing 737-700 Next Generation aircraft.

The 737-700 is a two-class compartment and the configuration is 12 Business Class seats and 112 Economy Class. Business Class passengers will enjoy a 44-inch seat pitch with cradle-style seats, while Economy Class passengers will have a seat pitch of 34 inches. Kinshasa is Arik’s 12th African destination.

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