Following the federal government’s retaliatory action against the Emirates UAE airline, which resulted in the reduction of an earlier 21 frequencies approved for the Middle Eastern airline to just one, the airline has announced the suspension of its operations into Nigeria.

“With the recently imposed directive limiting Emirates to operating one flight per week to Nigeria via Abuja, Emirates will be completely suspending its flights between Nigeria and Dubai, until the civil aviation authorities find a solution to the current ongoing issue,” the airline said in a statement issued this evening.

We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused, and customers can make alternative arrangements by contacting their travel agent or booking office. Emirates is committed to its operations in Nigeria, and we stand ready to resume services once the Nigerian authorities lift the restrictions, giving travelers more options and access to trade and commerce.

The federal government reversed its earlier decision to allow Emirates to operate 21 weekly frequencies to Nigeria in response to the UAE authorities’ refusal to grant Air Peace’s request to operate three weekly flights to Sharjah, the only Nigerian airline operating to the UAE.

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