US-based carrier, Delta Airline, on Wednesday assured air travellers that despite the current economic recession in the country, the airline would continue to serve the Nigerian passengers.
Commercial Director, East and West Africa Delta Airlines, Mr. Bobby Bryan disclosed this while briefing newsmen on the seventh anniversary of the airline’s daily nonstop service between Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, USA.
The airline also commended the Federal Government for the money released so far from its trapped funds, urging it to release the remaining part of the funds.
“We appreciate the government for releasing part of the money. We also beseech those in position to ensure the release of the remaining income to continue to help us so that we can continue to operate,” Bryan said.
The year 2016 has seen some airlines quitting Nigeria especially over difficulty in getting their ticket sale proceeds repatriated due to the foreign exchange scarcity in Nigeria.
Delta’s counterpart, United Airline; Spanish carrier, Iberia, among others had suspended operations in Nigeria while others reduced their flights.
The Federal Government through the Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika had also pleaded with foreign airlines not to leave the country.
However, the Delta Airline senior official assured that the airline remains committed to continuously servicing Nigerian market which he noted remains very strong despite the recession.
On passenger traffic, the Delta Director said the airline would soon reach one million traffic rate, saying since it commenced operations in 2007, it had airlifted 978,377 passengers.
Flanked by the Station Manager, Delta Air Lines, Salami Omeiza, and General Manager, Skylogistics Limited, Sefia E.T., he said, “Despite the economic hardship, Delta’s flight between Lagos and Atlanta has remained solid, and we have been seeing load factors averaging around 80 percent.
“The market is still growing and challenging as well. But it has been a positive one for us within a challenging time. The number of people who are desired to travel has not gone down and we shall always be there to take them,” he said