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Emirates suspends Nigeria flights for 10 days

Emirates has stopped operating its ten-day round-trip flights to and from Nigeria as of Thursday.

The airline operating in Dubai claims it has been unable to get money back to its home nation in West Africa.

At 00:00 local time on Wednesday, the final Emirates flight departed Lagos. Passengers can change their plans or make alternate travel arrangements, according to the airline.

Prior to the suspension, the airline had cut the number of weekly flights to Nigeria from 11 to 7.

It had previously stated that it would suspend operations starting on September 1 in order to “prevent future losses and impact on our operation expense.”

They are owed $85 million ($73 million) in ticket revenue by the government.

To avoid a crisis in the aviation industry, the Central Bank of Nigeria granted $265 million to local airlines last week.

It has been challenging for the bank to pay off the loan because of the currency shortage.

British Airways has also cut back on its flights due to financial difficulties.

Due to insufficient demand, American airline Delta Airlines said it will stop operating flights between New York and Lagos as of October 4.

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