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Emirates to reconsider flights to Nigeria, other African countries

Emirates to reconsider flights to Nigeria, other African countries

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Emirates Airline says it could reduce the frequency of its flights to African cities or cut routes completely if current economic and financial challenges on the continent persist.

The President of the airline, Tim Clark, made the announcement on the sidelines of an International Air Transport Association event in Dubai.

Clark said foreign airlines flying to Africa now refuel abroad because jet fuel supplies had become more expensive and scarce in some African countries.

In certain African countries, the currencies have really gone down, so we’re reflecting on a number of these to look at where it’s just not worth us to travel.

“In certain African countries, the currencies have really gone down, so we’re reflecting on a number of these to look at where it’s just not worth us to travel,” Clark said.

He added that Emirates’ load factor – a measure of capacity utilisation – for the rest of 2016 and 2017, would probably be in the mid-70s to low-80s in percentage terms.

Clark, however, said there would be some peaks and troughs in that time.

A spokesman said Emirates had started a diversion to Accra, Ghana, to refuel its daily Abuja-bound flight,last month, the airline had already cut its twice-daily flights to Lagos and Abuja to just one flight.