The British Airways has made some temporary changes to the way the airline sell its inventory in Nigeria, in a release it clears that the changes in operations compels it to certain actions, “As a result, trade partners are currently unable to make a new or service any bookings made in Nigeria at the time.”
The change lay in the difficulty in getting back their revenues trapped in Nigeria which applied to other foreign airlines put at $450 million. However, relief came for the foreign airlines this weekend as the CBN released $265 million to foreign airlines operating in Nigeria as part of their revenues trapped in Nigeria.
However, the BA release which still subsists said existing bookings by booking agents “may still be serviced on both a voluntary or involuntary basis through our global engagement centres”
The airline assured that “Once a ticket has ben validated or reissued, British Airways will take ownership of the booking.”
The hurdles that air travellers have been facing including high airfares, postponement of flight at short notice, have not deterred Nigerians from flying, some airlines it was gathered have devised policies to put huddles in the way of Nigerians but customers are ready to pay the high cost of airfares.
Nonetheless BA statement still soothes the frayed nerves of customers saying, “We remain fully committed to serving the Nigerian market and apologises for this temporary adjustment in operations.”