British Airways is celebrating 80 years of flying its crafts between the United Kingdom and Nigeria. The British carrier has thus far stated that it is committed to the Nigerian market, as its history with the country goes back a long time, with great opportunities to strengthen in the years and decades to come.
The regional head of sales for British Airways (Africa, Middle East and Central Asia), Pablo De Renzis, while referring to the length of time in which the airline had operated in Nigeria, said that British Airways was happy with the relationship it had with the country, and was looking forward to developing better ties with what has been a profitable market for it.
“We have been around for 80 years and we are committed to Nigeria”, Renzis said. “Our plan is to be around for another 80 years, if not more.”
British Airways began operating in Nigeria in 1936, with a flight carrying mails and no passengers, from London to Kano. That flight, according to Renzis, took about 7 days- a far cry from the 6 hours a similar trip would take today. Presently, British Airways has passenger flights going to and from Lagos and Abuja.
On the impact of Nigeria’s current economic situation on its operations, Renzis admitted that the devaluation of the naira had caused an increase in its fares. But he also expressed the hope that the situation would improve with the passage of time.
“It is our expectation that things will keep improving in the next weeks, months, and we keep reviewing our operations for improved air service delivery to the country”, he said.