Arik Airlines

Arik Air flies from 2 main hubs, Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos and Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja. The airline is only 14 years old, but has, in that time, grown into a successful international and domestic passenger service.


It all started when Nigeria Airways was liquidated in 2002. Arik Air’s Chairman, Sir Joseph Arumemi-Ikhide (KSG, CON) saw a gap in the market and a corporate jet business was born. In 2006, the company took over some of Nigeria Airway’s facilities and became a public carrier service. At first, the routes were only domestic, but today Arik Air flies from Lagos to Johannesburg, London, Amsterdam, Miami and many more international destinations.


Why choose Arik Air?

1. Arik Air won Best Safety and Security Conscious Airline in West and Central Africa (2010-2014).

2. In 2014 Arik Air was awarded Best African airline.

3. Whether you’re flying in Africa or abroad, they’re a great value for money option.



Their fleet of 26 fuel efficient and well-maintained aircraft ranges from Hawkers to Airbuses that carry as many as 237 passengers.



When you fly with Arik Air, you enjoy comfortable seating with 50% more leg room, a dedicated Premier Business Class cabin and a selection of African and International cuisine is served on all flights.



Adults are allowed 30kgs of luggage when travelling Business Class and 20 kgs of luggage for Economy Class. If you have any excess baggage you will be charged N500 per extra kg.


Special Meals/Attention/Unaccompanied Minors

Infants from 8 days to 23 months old are included on your seat for no charge. If your child is younger than 7 days old, they will not be allowed to fly. There is a “child” fare for children older than 2 years. You are welcome to take your own cot into the cabin, but make sure you let Arik Air know you plan to do that, so they can ensure there is space. International travellers can also request an Arik Air cot. Minors between the ages of 5 and 12 can travel unaccompanied, provided the necessary forms have been signed by a parent or guardian.


Arik Air will give extra attention to passengers with special needs, so inform them if you are traveling with a wheelchair, are immobile, frail, ill or require any kind of assistance.



Arik Air’s route network is extensive with domestic flights in Nigeria and international flights to West and Central Africa, South Africa, Europe and North America. Here is the full list of destinations:


Abidjan, Abuja, Accra, Asaba, Banjul, Benin City, Calabar, Cotonou, Dakar, Douala, Enugu, Freetown, Gombe, Ibadan, Ilorin, Johannesburg, Jos, Kaduna, Kano, Lagos, Libreville, London, Luanda, Monrovia, New York, Owerri, Port Harcourt, Sokoto, Uyo, Warri,Yola.


Check In

Check In is 2 hours before departure for domestic flights and at least 3 hours for regional or international flights. You will be asked to present your passport or ID.


Online Check In

Arik Air Online Check In opens 24 hours before departure and closes 5 hours before international flight departures. This service is not available at all airports.


If you need to check in bags, you can do so at least 30 minutes before check in closes - which is 30 minutes (for domestic flights), 60 minutes (regional flights) and 90 minutes (for international flights)


Manage Booking Online

Arik Air has a great online tool that allows you to view, print or email your itinerary, select your seat, submit meal requirements and more.