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Lufthansa Airline stays in Nigeria airspace

Leading international carrier, Lufthansa Airline, yesterday said it had no plan to reduce its flight operations in Nigeria.

The airline’s Media Consultant, Mr. Hakeem Jimoh, made the disclosure in Lagos, saying the group will continue to partner with aviation stakeholders to move the sector forward.

It would be recalled that two foreign airlines, Emirates and Kenya, recently announced 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 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, stressing that “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 added 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.