Emirates set to begin daily flight to Abuja - PUNCH
BY Ife Ogunfuwa
Emirates is set to commence daily flights operations to Abuja starting from June 1, 2019, in commemoration of its 15 years of successful operations in Nigeria.
The Regional Manager West Africa, Emirates, Afzal Parambil, said at a press conference in Lagos that the daily flights to Abuja would replace the four weekly flights it currently operates.
He said the airline had enjoyed growing demand for its services and flown millions of passengers since it started flights to Lagos, four times a week from Dubai in 2004.
According to him, Emirates is committed to the Nigerian market and has created employment for 150 people in Nigeria.
“Emirates has enjoyed a strong relationship with Nigeria, and remains deeply committed to the market. Over the past 15 years, we have not only seen our operations grow, but our product develop to cater to the taste and requirements of our Nigerian customers. We constantly strive to provide our passengers with an unforgettable travel experience, and our growth is a testament to the fact that we are on the right track,” Parambil added.
“In response to growing demand, Emirates launched services to Abuja in 2014, 10 years after its inaugural flight to Nigeria. Emirates now operates a double daily service to Lagos with the Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, which offers eight private suites in First Class, 42 lie-flat seats in Business Class and 310 spacious seats in Economy Class.”
He explained that Emirates SkyCargo, which started operations in 2004, had since carried 14,000 tonnes of mobile phones, garments and personal effects as imports, and exported over 4,000 tonnes of fresh Kolanuts, beverages and mobile phones.