The Emirates UAE airline has announced the suspension of its operations into Nigeria.
This move was made following the retaliatory action taken by the federal government of Nigeria to reduce the 21 frequencies earlier approved for the Middle East airline to just one.
The federal government had rescinded its earlier decision to allow Emirates to operate 21 weekly frequencies to Nigeria as a reaction to the refusal of the UAE authorities to grant the request of Air Peace, the only Nigerian airline operating in UAE to operate three weekly flights to Sharjah.
In a statement issued by the airline on Friday evening, it declared, “With the recently imposed directive limiting Emirates to operate one flight per week to Nigeria via Abuja, Emirates will be completely suspending its flights between Nigeria and Dubai, until the civil aviation authorities find a solution to the current ongoing issue.
We regret the inconvenience this 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,” the statement added.