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Delta Air Lines To Suspend Lagos-New York Flights From Oct. 4

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Despite efforts to refund part of the blocked funds of International airlines in the Central Bank of Nigeria, US airline, Delta, has announced the suspension of its New York-JFK-Lagos flight, effective from October 4, 2022.

The airline disclosed this through a statement it issued that the route suspension was to fit into “the current demands of the environment.”

The statement by the US carrier reads, “Delta is suspending its nonstop service between New York-JFK and Lagos to fit the current demands of the 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.

“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.”

Although the airline was added in December 2021 to increase frequencies in Nigeria, the statement also indicated that it is still operating its Lagos and Atlanta routes to connect to other cities across the United States.

It’s not very clear whether the suspension was informed by its inability to repatriate its funds as more foreign airlines review their operations in Nigeria over $465m blocked funds, however, the Nigerian government had recently released $265m out of the funds even as foreign airlines are agitating for the release of the balance

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