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Nigeria tops checklist of nations withholding airline funds, IATA says By Reuters



© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Passengers collect as they check-in their luggages at Murtala Muhammed Worldwide Airport in Lagos, Nigeria September 30, 2022. REUTERS/Temilade Adelaja/File Photograph

LAGOS (Reuters) – Nigeria is withholding $743 million in income earned by worldwide carriers working within the nation, the very best quantity owed by any nation, a spokesperson for the worldwide airways business affiliation stated on Thursday.

Nigeria faces extreme shortages of overseas foreign money, resulting in restrictions on imports and that means buyers can’t convert native foreign money to repatriate their earnings.

Worldwide Air Transport Affiliation (IATA) spokesperson Katherine Kaczynska stated governments around the globe owed $2.2 billion to airways. Nigeria had the very best quantity of blocked funds, adopted by Algeria and Lebanon, which owed $165 million and $146 million respectively.

“Enabling the environment friendly repatriation of revenues is important for any financial system to stay globally linked to markets and provide chains,” Kaczynska stated in emailed response to questions from Reuters.

Dubai’s Emirates suspended flights to Nigeria final yr after failing to repatriate ticket gross sales. Final month, President Muhammadu Buhari directed the central financial institution to extend the quantity of overseas foreign money allotted to Emirates after talking to UAE President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Emirates has but to renew flights to Nigeria, which is Africa’s most populous nation and is chargeable for a big share of the continent’s air travellers.

Industrial-scale theft of crude of oil, Nigeria’s single greatest earner of overseas alternate, has vastly diminished the nation’s circulation of {dollars} within the final yr.

Other than Nigeria’s $743 million debt, Kaczynska stated nations below the West African Financial and Financial Union owed $132 million whereas Zimbabwe, which has perennial greenback shortages owed $80 million.

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