Nigerian carrier Arik Air is currently evaluating the possibility of resuming flights to New York JFK from its base in Lagos.
New York is part of a list of international destinations the carrier is looking to fly to "sooner or later," according to the CEO, Roy Ilegbodu. He added that unfortunately the "process is complex" because the "past management left a lot of debt" which needs to be dealt with before the carrier can expand internationally.
Arik Air used to operate a number of international routes before they were suspended in 2017 and as a result the Airbus A330-200s being used, were retired indefinitely. Flights to New York, London Heathrow and Johannesburg used to be part of Arik Air's destination list until they were terminated. Some were also serviced by the Airbus A340-500s until they were retired in 2015.
Now, Arik Air operates 9 737-700s, 4 737-800s, 1 CRJ-1000, 4 CRJ-900s and finally 4 Bombardier Dash 8-400s.