NCCA VS Emirates Airlines: It’s Payback Time

*As Emirates Suspends Nigerian Flights

EMIRATES Airlines has suspended all its Nigerian flights indefinitely following the restriction placed on its flights by the Nigerian federal government.

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, earlier announced the withdrawal of the airline’s 21 weekly flights to Nigeria. The flights comprise its 14 to flights to the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos and seven others to Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

The fresh ding-doing relationship began when Nigerian authorities restricted Emirates from the country’s airport by slashing its Abuja flights from 7 to one. The decision, according to the refusal of the United Arab Emirates, UAE, General Civil Aviation Authority, GCAA, to grant the three frequencies requested by Air Peace, the only Nigerian carrier operating to Dubai via Sharjah.

Arising therefrom, Emirates responded on its website update that all its flights to Nigeria would be suspended until the resolution of issues between the two countries.

The suspension, Emirates Airlines said, the will take effect from Sunday.

With the recently imposed directive limiting Emirates to operate one flight per week to Nigeria via Abuja, Emirates will be suspending its flights between Nigeria and Dubai from 13 December 2021, until the UAE and Nigerian authorities work on a solution to the ongoing issue.

The last flights to operate on 12 December 2021are EK 783/784 to/from Lagos and and EK 785/786 to/from Abuja

Emirates Airlines pointed out that travellers with travelling tickets with Lagos and Abuja as final destination will therefore not be accepted at the point of origin within the period. They are to make alternative arrangements without having to call the airlines.

Customers holding tickets with the final destinations Lagos and Abuja will not be accepted at the point of origin.

Affected customers do not need to call us immediately for rebooking. Customers can simply hold on to their Emirates ticket and when flights resume, get in touch with their travel agent or booking office to make new travel plans.

Emirates regrets any inconvenience caused. 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 120 destinations,” it wrote.

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