Emirates has completely suspended its flights between Nigeria and Dubai until the Civil Aviation Authorities from both countries find a solution to the current ongoing issue.
Recall that Checkout Magazine has earlier reported the the restriction of Emirates flights to one flight per week from Dubai to Abuja, Nigeria.
Speaking with reporters, Emirates’ spokesperson advised travelers to seek others options.
“We regret the inconvenience caused, and customers can contact their travel agent or booking office to make alternative arrangements.
“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,” Emirates spokesperson said.
The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has clarified why it withdrew the ministerial approval granted Emirates Airlines by the Ministry of Aviation.
Capt. Musa Nuhu, the Director-General of NCAA, said that it withdrew the approval following the refusal of the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) to grant equal rights to the sole Nigerian carrier, Air Peace flying to Dubai via Sharjah.
He said: “The Nigerian Government was gracious to grant Emirates Airlines 21 frequencies it requested for. The airline wants to operate 14 weekly flights to Lagos and another seven weekly to Abuja airports.
“However, Air Peace only requested three weekly flights to Sharjah, not even Dubai Airport, but the CAA refused the airline. The CAA only approved one weekly frequency to the airline. The only excuse they gave was that they didn’t have enough slots. Where is the justice in this? That is capital flight out of Nigeria. Nigeria should protect its own.”
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