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Emirates Airlines resumes Lagos-Dubai flight operations from October 1: Official

*Emirates Airlines announces resumption of flight operations between to Nigeria from October 1, 2024, operating a daily service between Lagos and Dubai, United Arab Emirates, using Boeing 777-300ER, as the aviation giant thanks the Nigerian Government for ‘partnership and support’ in re-establishing this route

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

Emirates Airlines has said the leading aviation firm, will resume flight operations to Nigeria from October 1, 2024, operating a daily service between Lagos and Dubai.

The company, in a statement issued Thursday, May 16 disclosed the services of the airline, with its hub in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), would be operated on resumption with a Boeing 777-300ER.

Adnan Kazim, Deputy President and Chief Commercial Officer at Emirates, stated: “We are excited to resume our services to Nigeria.

“The Lagos-Dubai service has traditionally been popular with customers in Nigeria and we hope to reconnect leisure and business travellers to Dubai and onwards to our network of over 140 destinations.”

Kazim also said: “We thank the Nigerian Government for their partnership and support in re-establishing this route, and we look forward to welcoming passengers back onboard.”

It is recalled Nigerian President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, September 2023, met with UAE President Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, in Abu Dhabi, to fine-tune the diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Subsequently, Mr. Festus Keyamo, SAN, Honourable Minister for Aviation and Aerospace Development, recently noted that Emirates Airlines had indicated a definite date to resume flight operations to Nigerian airports.

Earlier, the West African country and Emirates Airlines had been enmeshed in controversy over the repatriation of the aviation company’s proceeds from Nigeria for some years.

In the process, Emirates citing inclement business environment at the time, later suspended its Dubai-Lagos flights 2022 over its inability to repatriate trapped funds in Nigeria in the heat of the diplomatic row between the two countries.

It should, however, be noted that Nigeria and the UAE have a long history of restriction of flights between both countries based on certain unresolved issues surrounding the Bilateral Air Services Agreement (BASA).

Visa restrictions later surfaced as diplomatic fireworks continue between Nigeria and the UAE, which is a top destination for Nigerian migrants and tourists.

The UAE, however, has not officially announced its latest decision on visa ban imposed on Nigerian travellers, according to report.

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