Nigeria Discusses Arik’s London Route Return with UK

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Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, says the Nigeria Federal Government has commenced discussions with the government of the United Kingdom on infrastructural support for aviation security and the return of Arik Air to the London route.

Sirika made this known on his Twitter page, where he shared a picture he took with the UK Minister of Aviation.

“With UK’s Minister of Aviation, discussing infrastructural support for aviation security and the return of Arik Air to (the) London route,” he captioned the picture.

It was gathered that the Federal Government was also discussing with the Kano State Government the reasons why international carriers like Emirates, Turkish Airlines and KLM, among others, stopped flying to the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport.

Responding to questions about the national carrier, the Minister called for patience, adding that it is a campaign promise that must be fulfilled.

In February 2017, the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) took over the affairs of the airline after defaulting on loan payments.

Arik Air began flying the London route in November 2008 and suspended flying the route in February 2017.