Gatwick Airport has announced that Air Nigeria is launching its first international route outside of Africa with a daily London-Lagos service from September 1.
Air Nigeria flights will leave Gatwick at 10.30pm, arriving in Lagos at 4.30am the next day. The return leg will leave Nigeria at 2.10pm, landing in the English capital at 8.10pm.
The A340-300 service, which flies 295 passengers in a typical two-class cabin layout, will depart from Gatwick’s South Terminal.
This new daily service has been tipped to strengthen the links between the financial and economic centres of the UK and Nigeria.
While the route is expected to be popular among business travellers – with Britain being one of the largest investors in Nigeria – it will also boost the large Nigerian community based in the UK who will be able to visit friends and family.
Guy Stephenson, Gatwick Airport’s commercial director, said: “It is great to welcome Air Nigeria and reconnect London Gatwick with Lagos. The UK has a large Nigerian community and there are strong trade and investment ties between the two countries so it is important that we maintain good air transport connections.
”Around 600,000 passengers travel to Nigeria from London and the South East each year so we expect a good take up on this route from Gatwick, especially given the airport has the quickest and most direct link into central London and we are investing £1 billion to improve our passenger services and airport facilities.”
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