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British Airways denies plans to exit Nigeria


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Contrary to claims making the rounds, the British Airways yesterday denied any plan to quit the Nigerian market.

The United Kingdom’s carrier, in a statement, said it did not at any time consider such move nor issue any statement to that effect.

It would be recalled that some media platforms on Saturday informed on British Airways planned exit, citing Nigeria’s economic challenges, particularly their inability to repatriate funds that are stranded in the economy.

Country Manager for British Airways in Nigeria, Kola Olayinka, however, denied the claim.

According to him, “British Airways has a long history in Nigeria, having begun operations in the country 80 years ago as Imperial Airways. Nigeria remains a strategic market for BA and our operations locally are very strong.

“We have not issued any statements at any time indicating that we are on the verge of terminating operations in the country. We will continue to operate to Nigeria,” the statement read in part.

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