Effective October 4, 2022, Delta Airlines is set to suspend its flights between New York JFK airport and Lagos, Nigeria.

Delta suspend flight. Four rows of machines with screens, back-to-back.
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This is followed by a statement issued by Delta stating that the route suspension was to fit into “the current demand environment.” It’s no surprise as 80% of operations have been pulled back due to the economic situation in Nigeria as the rise of inflation is impacting travel to the country.

The statement, however, stressed that the airline was still operating its route between Lagos and Atlanta. The statement issued by Delta reads:

“Delta is suspending its nonstop service between New York-JFK and Lagos to fit the current demand environment. The airline continues to operate service between Lagos and Atlanta and offers onward connections to New York and other cities across the United States.”

“Customers impacted by our suspended New York-JFK to Lagos service will be re-accommodated on Delta operated flights or services operated by our joint venture partners. Delta remains committed to the Nigeria market,” the airline said.

As the aviation industry in Nigeria continues to fall due to high ticket fares and customers not being offered more affordable solutions due to the economic crisis; the desire to travel to Nigeria is unlikely in the upcoming months.

Will the economic situation in Nigeria improve soon enough before the aviation industry crashes in the region? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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