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Breaking: Emirates Airlines to resume operations in Nigeria Oct. 1

"We are back, Nigeria! We will be resuming services to Lagos from October 1, 2024"

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Emirates Airlines says it plans to resume operations in Nigeria on October 1, the nation’s Independence Day.

The airline confirmed this latest development on Thursday via its official X handle.

The airline wrote: “We’re back, Nigeria! We will be resuming services to Lagos from October 1, 2024, and we can’t wait to offer unrivaled connectivity to Dubai and beyond to over 140 cities.”

In a post on Wednesday, the Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, Mr. Festus Keyamo (SAN), hinted that Emirates Airlines has given a confirmed date for resuming flight operations to Nigeria.

He said that a meeting with Mr. Salem Saeed Al-Shamsi, the UAE Ambassador to Nigeria, at the UAE Embassy in Abuja resulted in the approval.

He wrote: “Yesterday, I paid a working visit to the Ambassador of the UAE to Nigeria, His Excellency, Salem Saeed Al-Shamsia, at the UAE Embassy in Abuja.

“He handed me a correspondence from the Emirates Airline indicating a definite date for their resumption of flights to Nigeria. That date will be formally announced by Emirates Airlines in a matter of days.”

According to Persecondnews, the airline will resume operation in Nigeria one year after halting its services due to difficulties in repatriating funds trapped in the country.

Emirates Airlines blamed the October suspension on Nigeria’s trapped revenue of approximately $85 million.

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