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United Airlines : Flights To Nigeria Via United Airlines Have Been Stopped


United Airlines has announced that it is shutting down the Houston-to-Nigeria route due to the weakness in the energy
sector and problems in collecting money from tickets sold in Nigeria.

United Airlines will henceforth stop flying to Nigeria , ending the carrier’s only route to Africa.
The daily route from Houston to Lagos had failed to meet up for many years but was kept alive because of its importance to Texas-based customers, United Continental Holdings Inc. said in a note to its employees on Wednesday. The last flight will take off in June 30, this would leavd Delta Air Lines Inc. as the only major U.S. carrier flying to Africa.

Nigeria has also restricted the amount of money that can be moved abroad after the global meltdown in oil prices depleted the government’s U.S. currency reserves. The country is said to owe 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,he was the one who confirmed the note’s authenticity.

Passengers will still be able to fly to Nigeria on United’s trans-Atlantic business partner, Deutsche Lufthansa AG, through a connection in Frankfurt. The Boeing Co. 787 serving Lagos will officially be used on the San Francisco-to-Tel Aviv route, which will expand from three times weekly to daily according to the airline note.

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