Emirates Airlines has promised to restore services to Nigeria from September 11, 2022. This decision was taken after a portion of the blocked funds was released to foreign airlines by the federal government.

The Public Relations Manager of Emirates Airlines, Rula Tadros, on Thursday, in a statement announced that the decision of the Central Bank of Nigeria is a welcomed development that has long been waited for.


“In light of these developments, Emirates will reinstate flights to/from Lagos from 11 September, which is the earliest date for us to co-ordinate the smooth and safe resumption of operations. It will also provide travelers sufficient time to plan and book their journeys,” the statement partly read.

The airline said they will continue to engage with the Nigerian authorities to ensure that the repatriation of “outstanding” and future funds may continue without hindrance.


Emirates said, “We constantly review our network operations and will adjust our flying schedules to respond to market demand and other operational factors.”

“We remain keen to serve Nigeria, by providing international connectivity for travelers and businesses to access trade and tourism opportunities in Dubai, and across our broader network of over 130 destinations,” the Airline said.

This might mean, however, that other foreign airlines that have threatened to suspend operations in Nigeria would reconsider reinstating their operations back in the country.

Recall that the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the top global trade association of airlines, had criticised Nigeria’s failure to allow international airlines to repatriate their profits, warning it may cause the country more damage.


According to IATA, the amount airlines have been unable to repatriate from the country rose to $464 million (N199.2 billion) in July.


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