Five years after leaving Nigeria, United Airlines is set to return in November. United Airlines, which voluntarily exited Lagos airspace in 2016, plans to return in November with NAHCO as its preferred ground handling partner.
NAHCO has announced it will handle contracts for United Airlines for the next three years, adding that it is the preferred partner, providing passenger and ground handling service.
Following the crash of oil prices and an economy in turmoil, the airline ceased operations in Nigeria. Nigeria – Houston, once a popular route especially for oil workers and executives, has seen major declines in patronage.
In addition, the foreign exchange restrictions at the time were a major obstacle for Nigerian airlines.
Prince Saheed Lasisi, NAHCO’s group executive director, Business Development and Commercial, who expressed excitement on the feat while making the announcement, described it as a boost for the industry, ‘’NAHCO is excited to be the chosen one, we welcome United Airlines back to our airspace, and we are ever ready to provide the airline quality handling at all times, as being currently provided to our numerous client airlines’’.
Also recently, the company renewed its contract with Qatar Airways in Lagos and signed a five-year contract with Qatar Airways in Abuja.
According to Prince Lasisi, “with the new contracts, which run for five years and coupled with the additional frequencies of Qatar flights to Nigeria and Ghana, we are glad to go even further to provide the top-notch services for which we are known and have offered the airline for the past nine years”.
NAHCO will provide passenger, cargo, and ground handling services to Qatar Airways under the renewed contract. Additionally, it includes providing crew transportation and other ancillary services to the respected airline