LOS ANGELES—At the end of March, the world’s airlines had roughly $575 million trapped in Nigeria that they could not repatriate, according to IATA. But the trade group is “optimistic a solution can be found,” a spokeswoman said. United Airlines announced May 25 it would stop flying between Houston and Lagos, Nigeria, at the end of June. In part, this was a typical commercial decision. The route was dependent on United’s oil-industry corporate customers, ...

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