Emirates Airlines has issued an intent to suspend all its flights from Nigeria effective 1st September 2022. This is coming in the wake of what the Airline tagged as “our ongoing challenges in repatriating funds from Nigeria”
The statement from Emirates Airlines reads
“Emirates has tried every avenue to address our ongoing challenges in repatriating funds from Nigeria, and we have made considerable efforts to initiate dialogue with the relevant authorities for their urgent intervention to help find a viable solution”.
It continues, “regrettably there has been no progress. Therefore, Emirates has taken the difficult decision to suspend all flights to and from Nigeria, effective 1 September 2022, to limit further losses and impact on our operational costs that continue to accumulate in the market”.
While empathizing with its teaming customers the Airline expresses, “It sincerely regret the inconvenience caused to our customers, however the circumstances are beyond our control at this stage”. It also promises it 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 will of course re-evaluate our decision. 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.”, it further stated.