Following the approval of flight resumptions and limitation to 1 flight per week of Emirates Airline by the FG, the Garhoud, Dubai-based airline responded by indefinitely suspending all fight operations in Nigeria.
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LatestNGnews.com reported earlier that FG lifted suspension of Emirate flight operations in November 2021, but later limited the airline to operate only once in a week on Thursdays, which is expected to take effect from December 12, landing in Abuja.
FG later explained that the limitation of Emirate Airline who was enjoying 21 flight frequencies in Nigeria, (14 to Lagos and 7 to Abuja) to 1 Abuja flight weekly, was in response to the refusal of the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) in granting equal rights to sole Nigerian carrier, Air Peace flying to Dubai via Sharjah.
In retaliation to the flight frequency limitation, Emirates announced an indefinite suspension of all flights to Nigeria pending whenever the issues between UAE and Nigeria are resolved. The update which was posted on the company’s websites reads;
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“With the recently imposed directive limiting Emirates to operate one flight per week to Nigeria via Abuja, Emirates will be suspending its flights between Nigeria and Dubai from 13 December 2021, until the UAE and Nigerian authorities work on a solution to the ongoing issue.
“The last flights to operate on 12 December 2021, are EK 783/784 to/from Lagos and EK 785/786 to/from Abuja.
“Customers holding tickets with the final destinations Lagos and Abuja will not be accepted at the point of origin.
“Affected customers do not need to call us immediately for rebooking. Customers can simply hold on to their Emirates ticket and when flights resume, get in touch with their travel agent or booking office to make new travel plans.
“Emirates regrets any inconvenience caused. Emirates is committed to its operations in Nigeria, and we stand ready to reinstate services once restrictions are lifted by the Nigerian authorities, ensuring travellers have more choice and access to trade and tourism opportunities in Dubai and beyond to our network of over 120 destinations.”