The only American airline with direct flight from Nigeria to the United States, United Airlines, is to close shop June ending.
The airline has announced that it will stop flying to Nigeria citing weakness in Nigeria’s energy sector and difficulties in collecting money from tickets sold.
A report by Bloomberg noted that “the daily route from Houston to Lagos had underachieved for years but was kept alive because of its importance to Texas-based customers, United Continental Holdings Inc. said in a note to employees on Wednesday. The last flight will be June 30, after which Delta Air Lines Inc. will be the only major U.S. carrier flying to Africa.”
Currently the Nigerian government under President Muhammadu Buhari owes airlines about $575 million in air fares as of March 31, according to the International Air Transport Association.
“Repatriation has been a significant issue, as has been the downturn in the energy sector,” said United spokesman Jonathan Guerin, who confirmed the note’s authenticity.