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Dubai-based carrier Emirates, has decided to suspend flights to Nigeria from September until further notice.
The Dubai-based carrier has recently decided to suspend flights to Nigeria from 1 September 2022 over an inability to recover funds.
The directives have been passed to limit further losses and impact on operational costs that have accumulated in the market. Nevertheless, Emirates has assured its customers that they have been working hard towards helping customers make alternative travel arrangements wherever possible.
Dubai's Emirates will suspend flights to Nigeria from next month over an inability to repatriate funds from Africa's most populous nation, the airline said on Thursday. https://t.co/g7QBdsxYi5 pic.twitter.com/vYitIt6tt2
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Emirates airline had reduced flights to Nigeria’s commercial capital Lagos, last month in an attempt to recover trapped funds that had been rising by over $10 million every month.
As per reports, approximately 20 airlines have not been able to repatriate their ticket sale funds which have amounted to over $600 million (AED 2.2 billion) so far this year from Nigeria.
Emirates has also stated that ‘if there are any positive developments in the coming days regarding the blocked funds in Nigeria, they will definitely re-evaluate their decision on the flight suspension’.