#AfriTravel: Emirates increases flights to Nigeria

2017-11-08 12:30 - Ishani Chetty
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Cape Town – Emirates Airline has announced that it will provide increased air flight access to Nigeria. Emirates will reinstate a second daily service to Lagos and provide four weekly flights to Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, from 15 December 2017.

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Enhancing services

The increased frequency of flights between Dubai and Lagos will be operated with an Emirates Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. The 777-300ER caters to 360 passengers with eight private suites in First -class, 42 lie-flat seats in Business Class and 310 Economy class seats. The same aircraft will be utilized for flights to Abuja in a 360-seat Boeing 777-300 in a three-class configuration.

There will be a total of 11 weekly flights from Dubai and the two major cities in Nigeria. There is hope that it will contribute to connectivity as indicated by Emirates Senior Vice President, Orhan Abbas statement, “This is great news for both our business and leisure customers and highlights our commitment to providing travellers in Nigeria with not only the very latest in aircraft innovations but also increased connectivity.”

The increased number of flights from Nigeria to Dubai will provide travellers in Nigeria easier access to Dubai and outlying destinations that are included in the Emirates network. Travellers will be able to head to 35 destinations in the Middle East, 18 destinations in South Asia and over 20 destinations in the Americas and Australia.

The increased passenger capacity is accompanied by an increased cargo capacity of 23 tonnes per flight – allowing businesses and traders more opportunities to increase imports and exports. This will have a direct effect on both countries economy.

“We thank the Nigerian authorities for facilitating the reinstatement of our flights to Abuja and Lagos which will, in turn, greatly benefit Nigerian tourism, trade, investment and economy at large,” adds Abbas.

The additional Lagos flight will depart Dubai each day at 03:55 and land in Lagos at 09:05. The return flight to Dubai will depart Lagos at 12:40 and arrive in Dubai at 22:55.

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Return Flight schedule for Lagos to Dubai - available every day.

Depart Dubai: 03:55

Arrive Lagos: 09:05

Depart Lagos: 12:40

Arrive Dubai: 22:55

Return flight schedule for Abuja to Dubai – available on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

Depart Abuja: 18:55

Arrive Dubai: 04:35

Arrival times in Dubai from Nigeria are timed conveniently towards a shorter transit period for travellers connecting to Emirates' early morning flights to popular destinations such as New York, London, Mumbai, Seoul and other destinations that are popular with Nigerian travellers.

Emirates has catered its meals towards regionally and internationally inspired flavors as Nigerians enjoy a bit of home as they fly. Emirates' renowned first-class service will be provided to all passengers during their flight – from a wide source of entertainment to catering specifically for children.

Emirates will operate a total of 18 weekly flights between Dubai and Nigeria from 15 December 2017.

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