By Samuel Adegoke
Four years after it pulled out of Nigeria, a leading United States (US) carrier, United Airline, is set to return to Lagos route, reports said on Thursday.
According to unconfirmed reports, United will start flying from Washington to Lagos three times a week from March, 2021. Passengers on this new route will enjoy round-trip services, traveling non-stop aboard the 787-8 Dreamliner.
The airline pulled out of Nigeria in June, 2016 citing weakness in the energy sector and difficulties in collecting money from tickets sold. Its last flight was on June 30, 2016. Nigeria was United Airline’s only route to Africa at the time. When it pulled out, Delta Airline became the only major U.S. carrier flying to Africa.
Lagos is the largest gateway to west Africa. United operated service between Houston and Lagos for many years, but with the oil market depression since 2015, Washington appeared a more lucrative opportunity. United will compete with Delta on the route again, which offers service from New York JFK utilizing a 767-300.
Reports added that the U.S carrier will also add a quintuplet of new international routes including service to Ghana, two destinations in India, and a second destination in South Africa.