Delta Airlines Suspend Flights To Nigeria Over Trapped Dollars

Delta Airlines is set to suspend flights to Nigeria from the United States of America from October 4, 2022, over trapped funds.

The airline operators announced that flights from New York JFK airport to Lagos will be suspended but will offer Lagos and Atlanta flights, which will then connect US-bound passengers to New York. 

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According to statement released by the American company, they said that the market environment doesn’t encourage the continuation of the flights. 

“Delta is suspending its nonstop service between New York-JFK and Lagos to fit the current demand environment. The airline continues to operate service between Lagos and Atlanta and offers onward connections to New York and other cities across the United States.” 

The American company said it will make provision for affected customers, transferring them to joint venture partners, “Customers impacted by our suspended New York-JFK to Lagos service will be re-accommodated on Delta operated flights or services operated by our joint venture partners. Delta remains committed to the Nigeria market.” 

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Recall that foreign airlines like Emirates airlines had earlier announced its plan to suspend its operations in Nigeria, this move which received a swift follow up from the British airways, led to the British airways also announcing its plans to suspend operations.

Foreign airlines operating in Nigeria are owed a sum total of $464 million by the federal government.

Delta Air is one of the many foreign airlines contemplating on reducing or exiting their operation from the Nigerian market amid disagreement with the government authority over repatriation of their revenue. 

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