Emi­rates may cut Africa flights, cites money chal­lenges

The Star (Kenya) - - News -

Emi­rates air­line could re­duce the fre­quency of its flights to African cities or cut routes com­pletely if cur­rent eco­nomic and fi­nan­cial chal­lenges on the con­ti­nent con­tinue, Pres­i­dent Tim Clark told re­porters yes­ter­day. For­eign air­lines fly­ing to Nige­ria have started to re­fuel abroad be­cause jet fuel sup­plies there have be­come more ex­pen­sive and scarce as the coun­try bat­tles a hard cur­rency short­age. Emi­rates has started a de­tour to Ac­cra, Ghana, to re­fuel its daily Abuja-bound flight, a spokesman said last month. The air­line had al­ready cut its twice-daily flights to La­gos and Abuja to just one. “In cer­tain African coun­tries, the cur­ren­cies have re­ally gone down, so we’re re­flect­ing on a num­ber of th­ese to look at where it’s just not worth us to travel,” Clark said on the side­lines of an In­ter­na­tional Air Trans­port As­so­ci­a­tion event.

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