United Airlines has announced that it will stop flying to Nigeria by June 30th ending its only route to Africa, noting weakness in the energy sector and difficulties in collecting money from tickets sold.
In a statement by United Continental Holdings Inc., operators of the airline, the daily route from Houston to Lagos had not met target for years but was kept alive because of its importance to Texas-based customers.
In a note to its employees on Wednesday, United said that its last flight will be on June 30, after which Delta Air Lines Inc. will be the only major U.S. carrier flying to Africa.
“Repatriation has been a significant issue, as has been the downturn in the energy sector,” said United spokesman Jonathan Guerin, who confirmed the note’s authenticity.
“Passengers can still 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 be used on the San Francisco-to-Tel Aviv route, which will expand to daily in October from three times weekly.”