Nigerian carrier Arik Air has been granted approval to launch flights to London from its base in Lagos.
The service would allow passengers in the UK to take direct flights from Heathrow to the African city.
Arik Air has been granted much-coveted landing slots as the busy UK airport and will operate four flights a week between London and Lagos.
Adebanjo Ola, media officer for the airline, explained that Arik Air will pursue more slots at the airport with a view to offer daily flights to Nigeria.
He said: "I am happy to announce to you that we have been granted four slots at Heathrow Airport. But we are still pushing for more so that we can fly to London every day of the week."
Meanwhile, the African carrier appears to be pushing ahead with expansion plans and confirmed the order of several new planes at the Farnborough Air Show.
Arik Air already has ten next-generation 737s on order with Boeing, but placed an order for an additional seven at the Air Show.
"We are committed to the advancement of Nigerian aviation through the utilisation of the most modern and reliable airplanes available today," said the airline’s chairman Sir Arumemi-Johnson
"With the Next-Generation 737 as the cornerstone of our regional operations, Arik is well positioned across the Boeing product line to pursue our growth plan and usher in a new era of commercial aviation in Nigeria."