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    Nigeria's Ibom Air To Commence International Flights In October

    Ibom Air of Nigeria is all set to debut international services between Nigeria and Ghana beginning on October 17. The state government-owned Ibom Air is connecting Lagos and Accra with twice-daily flights. The 216-NM (250 miles, 400 km) flight will initially be served through the carrier’s Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft. The jet will be replaced with the larger Airbus A220 when the demand outgrows the CRJ.

    “It's official! Accra here we come!”

    Ibom Air has advertised the ticket sales on its website by stating, “It's official! Accra here we come!” The airline will operate twice daily flights between Murtala Muhammad International Airport (LOS) in Lagos and Kotoka International Airport (ACC) in Accra. The daily morning and afternoon flights will offer greater flexibility to both business and leisure travelers. The airline states on its website:

    • Stroll through bustling markets brimming with vibrant fabrics and artisan crafts, or lose yourself in the rhythm of live music that pulses through the streets. Explore the poignant history at Independence Square, juxtaposed with the modern elegance of the National Museum of Ghana. Don’t miss the breathtaking beaches that stretch along the Gulf of Guinea, inviting you to relax and soak in the tropical sunsets.
    • With its irresistible blend of tradition and modernity, Accra beckons explorers, cultural enthusiasts, and sun-seekers alike. Wherever you go, enjoy the warm embrace of Ghanaian hospitality. Book your flight now and let Accra weave its enchanting spell on you.

    The airline will initially deploy its CRJ900LR aircraft on the route until the demand picks up. The aircraft will be replaced with a larger Airbus A220 at a later time. The Chief Commercial Officer of Ibom Air, George Uriesi, told ch-aviation that the carrier will replace the aircraft type with the latest Airbus A220s when the traffic grows beyond the CRJ900 aircraft.

    The airline offers the following schedule on its international debut to Accra. The flight schedule is effective from October 17. All times are local.

    Lagos (LOS) to Accra (ACC)

    • Depart 07:00, Arrive 07:00 Monday through Friday
    • Depart 08:00, Arrive 08:00 Saturday and Sunday
    • Depart 16:30, Arrive 16:30 Everyday

    Accra (ACC) to Lagos (LOS)

    • Depart 08:00, Arrive 10:00 Monday through Friday
    • Depart 09:00, Arrive 11:00 Saturday and Sunday
    • Depart 17:30, Arrive 19:30 Everyday

    The Premium Diamond fare starts at approximately NGN 140,000 ($174) each way. Aerolineas Sosa (P4) and Africa World (AW) currently operate scheduled services between the two cities.

    Nigerian-based Ibom Air was founded in 2019 and is owned by the Akwa Ibom State Government. The airline commenced commercial operations in June 2019 and is currently serving seven destinations within Nigeria. The airline operates a fleet of five Bombardier CRJ900 and two Airbus A220-300 aircraft. The airline makes its international debut with Accra, which will become its eighth destination in the flight network.

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