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Emirates to resume flights to Nigerian capital

Dubai carrier reinstates second daily service to Lagos

Emirates airline has announced plans to reinstate its second daily service to Lagos and resume operations to Nigeria’s capital city, Abuja, with four weekly flights from December 15 next.

Similar to the current daily service between Dubai and Lagos, the added frequencies to Lagos will be operated with Emirates’ Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, three-class configuration, as will the reinstated service to Abuja.

Orhan Abbas, Emirates Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations, Africa, thanked the Nigerian authorities for “facilitating the reinstatement of our flights”, which he said will benefit Nigerian tourism, trade, investment and its economy.

“Nigeria is a key market for Emirates and its importance is reflected by the fact that we will add 11 weekly flights between Dubai and two major cities in Nigeria, Abuja and Lagos,” said Orhan Abbas, Emirates Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations, Africa.

“This is great news for both our business and leisure customers and highlights our commitment to providing travellers in Nigeria with not only the very latest in aircraft innovations but also increased connectivity.”

Emirates’ Boeing 777-300ER

Apart from the increased passenger capacity, the new flights will provide up to 23 tonnes of cargo capacity per flight.

The added Lagos flight EK781 will depart Dubai every day at 0355hrs and arrive in Lagos at 0905hrs. The return flight EK782 will depart Lagos at 1240hrs and arrive in Dubai at 2255hrs.

The Abuja flight EK785 will depart Dubai every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday at 1035hrs and arrive in Abuja at 1535hrs. The return flight EK786 will depart Abuja at 1855hrs and arrive in Dubai at 0435hrs the next day.

The arrival of the flight in Dubai is timed to enable a shorter transit period for customers connecting to Emirates’ early morning flights to popular destinations such as New York, Houston, London, Beirut, Seoul, Taipei, Singapore, Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Mumbai, Delhi and Sydney, amongst others.

Source: Arabian Business

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