There has been a speculation sometime now as travel agents complained that they were unable to book their clients travelling from Nigeria to Dubai via Emirates. A confirmation came this afternoon via a mail sent by Emirates Airlines and social media after @emiratesSupport on twitter responded to a question from @sagetravels.
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According to the Airlines, effective from 1st July 2016 their 2nd daily flight from Lagos to Dubai will be discontinued due to the unresolved difficulties in repatriating sales proceeds out of Nigeria. Henceforth, Emirates can only serve Nigeria with a daily flight from Lagos and Abuja respectively pending till when the situation gets better.
One of the top officials disclosed to Sagetravels that the Airline is not planning to leave Nigeria, as a matter of fact, they are monitoring the situation.
We are closely monitoring the situation and apologise to our customers for any inconvenience this may cause. He said.
Within the first quarter of the year, airlines serving Nigeria are facing challenges due to the foreign exchange restrictions. Recall that Iberia, the official airline of Spain exited Nigeria and just last month United airlines, the major airline from Lagos to Houston also existed Nigeria.