Emirates will stop flying to Nigeria as of September.


Emirates Airlines stated on Thursday that starting on September 1, 2022, it would stop operating flights into Nigeria.

It said that because it was unable to return its funds from Nigeria, the suspension was required.

International carriers operating in Nigeria have frequently griped about not being able to transfer money back to their home nations.

They have brought up this issue repeatedly with representatives from the finance ministry and the Federal Ministry of Aviation.

Emirates Airlines said in a statement on Thursday that it had "explored all available options to address our ongoing challenges in repatriating funds from Nigeria, and we have made significant efforts to initiate dialogue with the relevant authorities for their urgent intervention to help find a workable solution."

"Unfortunately, there hasn't been any progress," it continued. Therefore, in order to prevent future losses and the impact on our operational expenses that are continuing to rise in the market, Emirates has made the painful decision to halt all flights to and from Nigeria, starting September 1, 2022.

The amount of these airlines' blocked funds has increased to around $600 million as a result of the Central Bank of Nigeria's reluctance to allow the carriers to repatriate US dollars.

"We sincerely apologise for the inconvenience this has caused our customers, but at this point the situation is out of our hands. We'll do everything we can to assist impacted customers in finding alternate travel plans.

It did, however, state that the airline would, of course, review its choice should there be any favourable developments about Emirates' blocked money in Nigeria in the upcoming days.

The international carrier declared, "We are still eager to serve Nigeria, and our operations provide much-needed connection for Nigerian travellers, providing access to commerce and tourism possibilities to Dubai, as well as to our broader network of over 130 destinations.


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