Emirates restores flight operations to Lagos

By our reporter| Emirates Airlines has reinstated flight operations to Lagos, effective September 11, 2022.

The airline made the disclosure via email to customers on Wednesday.

The move comes following the federal government’s decision to release the sum of $265 million to foreign airlines to settle outstanding ticket sales.

“We are pleased to inform you that effective from 11th September 2022, we will reinstate operations of our flights,” Emirates said in the mail.

“Inbound flights from Dubai to Lagos (EK783) and outbound flights from Lagos to Dubai (EK784) will recommence from Sunday, 11th September 2022.

“Lagos flights after 30th September, 2022 will be advised in due course.”

Emirates suspended flight operations to Nigeria on August 18 over its inability to repatriate its earnings in foreign exchange from Nigeria.

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The International Air Transportation Association (IATA) expressed disappointment over the issue, saying that foreign airlines’ funds trapped in Nigeria had increased from $450 million in May to $464 million in July.

In its defense, the Nigerian government had consistently maintained that the country was facing a forex exchange crisis, and could not meet various obligations, including revenue repatriation by foreign airlines and dollar requests by citizens and businesses.

But the government last week bowed to pressure from stakeholders, and also the blocking of Nigerian travel agents from issuing tickets by British Airways, and released $265 million to the airlines.

IATA, while welcoming the move, said it would encourage foreign carriers to continue operations in Nigeria.

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