By Kenneth Ehigiator
Bellview Airlines has announced the suspension of its passenger service between Lagos and Johannesburg. The airlineâ€™s spokesman, Mr. Habib Mohammed, said yesterday that the suspension of flight to Johannesburg would be lifted only on March 31, 2010. According to Miohammed, the airlineâ€™s decision to suspend flight to the South African city is informed by over-capacity on the route.
Bellviewâ€™s action comes barely a year after Virgin Nigeria Airways also suspended flight operations to the city.
â€œIn the first quarter of 2009 alone, frequency between Lagos and Johannesburg has been increased indiscriminately from six to fifteen weekly flights. This indiscriminate increase is not supported by logical market demand, serving only to erode yield on the route.
â€œThis over capacity is occurring at a time of global weakening demand occasioned by effects of the global economic recession.Â No airline can claim to be profitable on this route at the current fare levels,â€ Mohammed said.
He said Bellview had already made arrangements with other airlines flying the route to airlift passengers who have already purchased tickets for flights on the route.