Africa: Emirates To Increase Flight Operations into Abuja Airport 1st June

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Emirates Airlines has said it is increasing its flight operations into the Nnamdi Abuja International Airport (NAIA), starting June 1st.

The airline which presently operates thrice weekly flights into the airport stated that it commence daily operations from June.

Emirates in its newsletter to clients said: “In addition to this we will be operating extra flights in the months of July & August (30JUL & 31JUL, 21AUG & 23AUG). On these dates there will be 2 flights departing / arriving Abuja.”

The airline which said it plans to grow is operation in Africa has consistently expanded route network in the continent.

According to, Senior Vice-President of Commercial Operations in Africa for Emirates, Orhan Abbas, said Africa has been one of the strong performing markets for the carrier over the past two years, even amid challenges there.

Abbas said the growth in travel into and out of Africa stems from various sectors including leisure, business travel, trade, and religious travel especially for Haj and umrah from West Africa.

Within the continent, Emirates said it has seen significant growth specifically in Egypt, Morocco, South Africa, and Nigeria.

Emirates carried the highest number of passengers on international routes with 23,630 and 24,955 inbound and outbound passengers, respectively, according to the figures released by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), early in the year.

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