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Published on : Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Emirates Airlines has announced that it would cut down on the frequency of flights to African cities. It might also cancel the routes completely if the present economic crisis continues within the continent.
Tim Clark, who is the president of Emirates Airlines has mentioned this to reporters during an International Air Transport Association event that was conducted in Dubai on Tuesday. In addition, he also said that the foreign airlines that would be flying to Africa would now refuel abroad. This is because supplies of jet fuel had become really expensive and also quite scarce in certain African nations.
Mr. Clark also said that the value of the currencies had depreciated in some of the African countries therefore he simply feels that it is not feasible to travel to this part of the world anymore.
He also added that the load factor of Emirates for the remaining part of 2016 and 2017 might probably be in the mid-70’s to low-80’s in terms of percentages.
Emirates has started a detour to places like Ghana and Accra in order to refuel its Abuja-bound flight, as per the statement of a spokesperson of Emirates Airlines. The airlines company has already reduced daily flights to Abuja and Lagos to just one.