United Airlines postponed the launch of service to Lagos due to unspecified regulatory issues (Nigerian Aviation, 28-Apr-2010). The carrier was scheduled to launch daily Washington DC-Lagos-Accra service on 02-May-2010. A new launch date was not disclosed.
United Airlines postpones launch of Washington-Lagos-Accra service
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