There have been news circulating in the past days that Virgin Atlantic will no longer have its operations in Nigeria. The company has however denied this claim, although confirmed that they will no longer have local crew in Lagos.
According to Kudirat Scott-Igbene, Marketing and Communications Manager of Virgin Atlantic, the changes made were necessary to better their operations and not in anyway end their operations in Nigeria.
“Virgin Atlantic Airways has no plans to pull out of Lagos route, we are committed to continue delivering the experience our customers love whether they are flying for business or leisure”.
“We have decided that we will no longer have crew based in Lagos. This is by no means a reflection on our Lagos based cabin crew, the primary purpose of our locally based cabin crew has been to provide cultural expertise, and customer feedback has shown us that this is no longer a requirement on the Lagos route.”
“The additional complexity required to operate an international crew base where there are no foreign language requirement means it is no longer sustainable going forward” he said.
Virgin Atlantic Airways also insists that this announcement has no impact on their flying programme and that they plan to continue flights between Lagos and London.
“After 14 years flying the route we remain committed to servicing the Nigerian people, whether it be for business, family or education”.