Lagos, Nigeria - Emirates Airlines, a subsidiary of The Emirates Group, has said it will start daily flight operations to the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja, the Nigerian capital city, and to the Malam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano, from August.
This followed the approval granted to the airlines by the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Aviation, Mr. Joe Obi, the Special Adviser on Media to the Minister of Aviation, Stella Oduah, disclosed this in a press statement issued Monday to reporters.
Obi said that the decision to commence flights to the two destinations was contained in a letter to the Aviation Minister, dated 3 February, 2014, and signed by Mr. Salem Obaidalla, Senior Vice President, Aeropolitical and Industry Affairs, Emirates Airlines.
He said the carrier, in the letter, expressed gratitude to the Federal Government for the continued support and assistance extended to it throughout the period it has been operating in Nigeria.
Obaidalla disclosed that the flights will be operated 'in accordance with the existing UAE-Nigeria agreement on air services, with four weekly flights routed Dubai-Abuja-Kano-Dubai and three weekly flights routed Dubai-Kano-Abuja-Dubai, without carriage of domestic traffic (cabotage) between Abuja and Kano'.
He assured that the Airline remains fully committed to the Nigerian market and to provide Nigerian travellers the best possible service'.
The press statement quoted Oduah as having expressed joy that passengers from Abuja, Kano and other parts of the North who patronise Emirates would have the airline's services brought to their doorsteps.
She pledged to continue to partner Emirates and other airlines to deliver the best possible service to air travellers in the country.
The airline is a subsidiary of The Emirates Group, which is wholly owned by the government of Dubai's Investment Corporation of Dubai. It is the largest airline in the Middle East, operating nearly 3,400 flights per week from its hub at Dubai International Airport, to more than 150 cities in 74 countries across six continents.