Frontline Airline, Arik Air has introduced international credit cards in order to ease their their numerous customers across the world of inconveniences and pressures of payment.
Henceforth, the option to pay with international credit cards (VISA, MasterCard) for tickets purchased on the website: www.arikair.com will take immediate effect and is expected to enhance operations and create customers conveniences.
The servise according to Kevin Steele, Senior VP Commercial Arik Air will be made available anywhere in every nooks and corners of the world.
He claimed a press statement had been issued in all nations of the world to assure customers of more gainful transactions to lift the burdens of payment and other relating matters.
According to the Mr Steele,, the credit card transactions will be processed in the local currencies of US dollars (USD), British Pounds (GBP) or South African Rand (ZAR).
When accepting credit card payments, Arik Air will take advantage of the additional security measures such as payment monitoring and transactions will be monitored and verified by Visa and MasterCard Secure Code systems as well as an advanced fraud prevention system made available by the Payment Service Provider.
This will ensure the transactions are safe for Arik Air and Arik’s online customers.
Kevin Steele, Senior VP Commercial Arik Air, commented on the introduction of the new payment system:
“The introduction of the credit card option will now make payment easier for our customers as well as expedite bookings without having to go to a sales office, travel agent or airport ticketing office as has been the practice up until now. The whole process is simpler and more convenient to the passenger and we have taken every step to ensure that it is a secure system.
“Whilst this is a major step for Arik as well as our regular customers, we are still working on a solution to implement a local Nigerian Naira credit card payment solution. We will hopefully be able to offer this service to all passengers very soon.”
Arik Air early this year was planning to establish a national carrier for Sierra Leone under a multi-billion dollar deal, a move sources claimed would create jobs and enhance a rapid international link with the emerging Sierra Leonean economy..
Leon Air will be operated by ArikAir under a multi million dollars joint venture agreement (JVA).
The airline first stage of operation is expected to be shuttles between Freetown and London Heathrow in
Arik AirManaging Director, Chris Ndulue just after a meeting with Sierra Leone’s President Ernest Bai Koroma had visited Arik’s facilities in Lagos.
He said the first phase of the operation would be carried out with two of the airline’s B737-800 airplanes on a wet lease arrangement.
Wet lease means Arik Air will supply the airplane, crew and also handle the maintenance, while an agreement on how the Sierra Leonean government pays will be worked out to suit both parties.
According to Ndulue, necessary papers and approvals then were sought, while licenses were applied for.
Visit www.arikair.com for your bookings.
Story By Dare Lasisi