LAGOS, OCTOBER 20, 2016 – An international carrier, Lufthansa Airline, on Thursday, said it had no plan to reduce its flight operations in Nigeria.The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the airline’s Media Consultant, Mr. Hakeem Jimoh, made the disclosure to aviation correspondents in Lagos.
NAN reports that two foreign airlines, Emirates and Kenya, recently announced the suspension of their flights to the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja.
While Emirates Airlines said it would stop flights to Abuja from Oct. 22, Kenya Airways said its flights to the nation’s capital would be suspended from Nov.15.
Both airlines attributed the decision to the economic downturn in the country, foreign exchange challenges, and the shrinking passenger traffic.
Jimoh said Lufthansa Airline, which operates flights to Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt International Airports, would not be following a similar path for now.
“Yes, there has been challenges, particularly with the issue of forex, but I can tell you that Lufthansa has no plan, for now, to reduce flight operations in Nigeria,”he said.
Jimoh said that Lufthansa had been operating in Nigeria for over 50 years, adding that the country was important to the airline’s operation, especially in West Africa.