Emirates Airline Resumes Services In Nigeria

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The airport manager, Mahmud Sani (second from left), Emirates’ country manager in Nigeria, Paulos Legesse, and the international terminal manager, Mrs. Rasheedat Sule flanked by others during the cutting of cake in Lagos.

Emirates Airlines has resumed daily services in Nigeria with the resumption of flights from Dubai to the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport, Abuja and Murtala Mohammed International Airport Lagos respectively.

Cutting a cake to symbolically mark the resumption of operations in Nigeria, the Emirates’ country manager in Nigeria, Paulos Legesse expressed delight at the flight resumption between the two countries.

“We are delighted to resume operations to and from Nigeria and are pleased to see strong interest from our customers, reflected in robust forward bookings from the time of our announcement, as well as today’s full flights from Dubai to Abuja and Lagos.

“The services will also give our customers the opportunity to safely experience Emirates’ superior product and service, offering them convenient travel options to Dubai, an already popular destination for Nigerian travellers, as well as seamless connectivity other key cities across our network.

“Emirates continues to lead the industry with innovative products and services and recently took its customer care initiatives further with even more flexible booking policies which have been extended to 31 May 2022

“The aircraft deployed to both Nigerian cities were three-class Boeing 777-300ER and it offered 8 luxurious First-Class suites, 42 generous Business Class seats and over 300 seats in Economy Class.

“Customers across all classes were able to enjoy the airline’s regional delicacies onboard, as well as its renowned in-flight entertainment system, ice, featuring over 4,500 channels of on-demand entertainment, including Nollywood films and content.

“Travelling to Dubai: Ensuring the safety of travellers, visitors, and the community, Covid-19 PCR tests are mandatory for all inbound passengers arriving in Dubai, including UAE citizens, residents and tourists, irrespective of the country they are coming from. Travellers coming from Nigeria must hold a negative Covid-19 PCR test certificate for a test taken no more than 72 hours before departure,” he said.

The airport manager, Mahmud Sani and international terminal manager, Mrs. Rasheedat Sule and many others were present at the event ceremony.

“The Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has specified designated laboratories for passengers departing Nigeria and travellers must obtain their certificate from one of the labs listed here to be accepted on the flight. Travellers coming from Nigeria will also need to take another COVID-19 PCR test on arrival at Dubai International Airport.

“Since it safely resumed tourism activity in July 2020, Dubai remains one of the world’s most popular holiday destinations, especially during the winter season. The city is open for international business and leisure visitors. From sun-soaked beaches and heritage activities to world-class hospitality and leisure facilities,

“Dubai offers a variety of world-class experiences. It was one of the world’s first cities to obtain Safe Travels stamp from the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) – which endorses Dubai’s comprehensive and effective measures to ensure guest health and safety,” Sani added.

Oluchi Okorafor
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