International carrier, Emirates Airline has disclosed that flight operations between Dubai and Nigeria have been suspended.
In a travel notice on its website on Friday, the Airline said the stoppage of its flight operations in Nigeria will commence on Monday, December 13, until further notice.
This development comes a day after the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) restricted Emirates’ flight operations into the country due to the new issue bordering on the Bilateral Air Services Agreement (BASA).
Emirates, therefore, said it will reinstate its operations once the Nigerian government and the UAE authority resolve the ongoing impasse.
According to the UAE flag carrier, it regrets any inconvenience caused by the suspension, noting that it is committed to its operations in Nigeria.
The notice reads: “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 EK 785/786 to/from Abuja. 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 over 120 destinations.”
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