Mar 24, 2017 Last Updated 10:30 AM, Mar 24, 2017

Uber launches in Lagos

ABN – Taxi-service application Uber has launched a low cost option for transportation in Lagos called uberX.

Each journey taken with the app will have a base fare of N10 per minute and will be taken in either a Toyota Camry, Kia Cerato, Hyundai Elantra or Honda Accord.

Uber is a cashless system where users are charged the fare electronically to their credit or debit card protecting both the riders and drives as all payments are traceable.

Each Uber taxi is fitted with a GPS tracking system that locates the rider on a map making it easier for them to be picked up.

A live GPS map also tracks the rider through the journey and the rider can share this with a third party who can track them to their destination.

Ebi Atawodi, general manager at Uber Lagos said: “People are changing the way they connect with their cities and get around, and we feel Uber is a big part of this revolution.

“We believe Nigerians should be allowed more choice in the way they travel and with uberX, we now offer unrivalled value for getting around Lagos safely and securely, at the touch of a button.

“To ensure that Uber riders receive the highest quality rides and reliability, all partner drivers have to have a driver institute card and commercial insurance before they are allowed to drive on the Uber system.

“Further all our drivers are vetted by the Uber team, making Uber the safest way to get around.”

Uber has also introduced UberBlack to Lagos, which provides a high-end luxury service.




Flydubai profits soar

ABN – Flydubai net profit has increased 12.3% since 2013 to US$68 million after the airline increases number of African routes.

Throughout 2014 the fiver-year old company reported a 14% increase in passenger numbers to 7.25 million.

Last November the airline raised $500 million and funds will be used for corporate purposes and refinancing.

Flydubai CEO Ghaith Al Ghaith said: “2014 saw flydubai open up a record number of new routes in what was a demanding year. To have achieved what we have achieved is significant.

“We will end 2015 with a fleet of 50 aircraft.

“Together with the new route launches this is an endorsement of the strategy we set out at the beginning and underlines the achievements of the past six years.”


Qatar Airways prepares for South African expansion

ABN – Qatar Airways has announced that it is planning for major expansion within South Africa.

The airline will increase the number of flights to Johannesburg as well as introducing daily services to Cape Town.

It will also introduce four new weekly flights to Durban via Johannesburg.

Flights to Johannesburg will steadily increase from 10 weekly flights to a double daily service by 17 December.

Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker said: “Durban will be Qatar Airways’ third route to South Africa following Johannesburg and Cape Town, both of which started in January 2005.

“All three routes will be operated with a Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

“We are very confident that this route will be warmly welcomed like all our other routes in the African continent.”


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