Nigeria, South Africa Airways urged to settle rift

Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria and South Africa have directed their national airlines to resolve their differences over a failed joint venture they entered into last year on the Lagos-New York route.
The local press Monday quoted Nigeria's Minister of Co-operation and Integration in Africa, Bimbola Ogunkelu, as saying the directive was given during the recent Nigeria-South Africa Bi-national Commission session in Pretoria.
South Africa Airways, which had provided the aircraft and the flight crew, pulled out of the joint venture earlier in the year, citing losses on the route due to unfavourable terms.
That decision forced the Nigeria Airways to start a solo operation on the lucrative route.
The Minister denied that the disagreement between the two airlines had affected relations between the two countries.
"Nothing has happened to the Nigeria-South Africa relations over the Nigerian-South African airline disagreement," he was quoted as saying.

29 april 2002 15:03:00

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