Emirates Airlines has announced suspension of its flights services to and from Nigeria.
According to a statement from the Airline on Thursday morning, the suspension takes effect from September 1.
The Airline said this is due to inability to repatriate its revenue of about $85 million.
At least, $600 million of over 20 foreign airlines has been blocked in Nigeria since the beginning of the year.
Emirates had about two weeks ago said that out of these funds, it had about $85 million in Nigeria.
The airline had on Monday cut its 11 weekly frequencies into Lagos Airport to just seven.
“Emirates has tried every avenue to address our ongoing challenges in repatriating funds from Nigeria, and we have made considerable efforts to initiate dialogue with the relevant authorities for their urgent intervention to help find a viable solution, the statement said.
“Regrettably there has been no progress. Therefore, Emirates has taken the difficult decision to suspend all flights to and from Nigeria, effective 1 September 2022, to limit further losses and impact on our operational costs that continue to accumulate in the market”.
“We sincerely regret the inconvenience caused to our customers, however the circumstances are beyond our control at this stage. We will be working to help impacted customers make alternative travel arrangements wherever possible”.
“Should there be any positive developments in the coming days regarding Emirates’ blocked funds in Nigeria, we will of course re-evaluate our decision. We remain keen to serve Nigeria, and our operations provide much needed connectivity for Nigerian travellers, providing access to trade and tourism opportunities to Dubai, and to our broader network of over 130 destinations”.
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