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FG reduces Emirates Flights to Nigeria

An approval for Emirates Airlines winter schedule was withdrawn by the federal government on Thursday December 9, cutting down the carrier’s daily flights to Abuja to just once a week.

This was disclosed in a letter with reference NCAA/DG/AIR/11/16/329, titled ‘Withdrawal of Ministerial Approval of Emirates Airlines Winter Schedule’, dated December 9, 2021, and issued to the Country Manager, Emirates Airlines Nigeria, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Director-General, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Capt. Musa Nuhu in the letter advised the airline to abide by the new directive.

It read “I wish to inform you of the withdrawal of the approval granted to Emirates Airlines Winter Schedule. This approval was conveyed via a letter with reference number FMA/ATMD/501/C.104/XV/536 dated December 1 2021.

“This withdrawal becomes effective on Sunday, December 12, 2021 at 2300h. Please kindly note, henceforth, Emirates Airlines is granted approval to operate only one weekly passenger frequency to Abuja on Thursdays.

“Please be guided accordingly. Do accept the assurances of my highest regards.”

The letter which was copied to the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, and the Director-General, General Authority of Civil Aviation, United Arab Emirates, is coming days after Federal Government lifted the ban on Emirates Airlines flights to Nigeria.