By Samson Echenim
Arik Air, the Nigerian flagged airline, says it is offering a 20 per cent discount to both serving and ex-military officers on any of its domestic routes on the economy class.
Arik’s economy ticket for local flights averages around N25,000 for short and immediate bookings. The discount will see both serving and retired officers of the Nigerian Armed Forces paying only N20,000 for any local flight on Arik Air planes.
Adebanji Ola, the airline’s spokesman, said in a statement that the scheme, which is part of the airline’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) is a way of supporting the Armed Forces of Nigeria in the discharge of their duties.
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To enjoy the special fare, which is available at Arik’s ticketing offices nationwide, target passengers must present a valid military identity card plus any other valid identity card, such as driver’s license, international passport, national ID card and permanent voter’s card at point of sale and check-in.
In addition, the airline said reservation and ticketing must be made not later than 72 hours before flight.
“Arik Air is pleased to be of service to the officers of the Armed Forces of Nigeria. We are a truly Nigerian carrier and we feel the need to support the gallant officers and men of the Armed Forces who toil day and night to defend the territorial integrity of our country and keep us safe,” Roy Ilegbodu, Arik Air’s chief executive officer was quoted in the statement.