Emirates Airlines has announced the suspension of its flight operations to Nigeria, starting September 1, 2022, over its $85 million revenue awaiting repatriation from Nigeria.
This was announced in a statement by the airline, according to TheCable. United Arab Emirates (UAE) flag carrier noted that the suspension will help in curtailing further losses; and reduce the impact on its operational costs that continue to accumulate in the Nigerian market.
What the airline is saying
The statement reads “Emirates has taken the difficult decision to suspend all flights to and from Nigeria, effective 1 September 2022. This to limit further losses and impact on our operational costs that continue to accumulate in the market.
“We sincerely regret the inconvenience caused to our customers, however, the circumstances are beyond our control at this stage. We will be working to help impacted customers make alternative travel arrangements wherever possible.
“Should there be any positive developments in the coming days regarding Emirates’ blocked funds in Nigeria, we remain keen to serve Nigeria. And our operations provide much-needed connectivity for Nigerian travellers; providing access to trade and tourism opportunities to Dubai, and to our broader network of over 130 destinations.”