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Emirates returns to Lagos, Abuja routes

By Guardian Nigeria
10 December 2021   |   3:55 am
Emirates Airline, this week, made a return to Abuja and Lagos routes after a nine-month break.

Crew and officials of Emirates Airlines shortly after landing in Lagos, recently<br />

Emirates Airline, this week, made a return to Abuja and Lagos routes after a nine-month break.

The spectacular water cannon welcome at Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, marked the restart of daily services to Nigeria from Dubai, and much to the relief of international travellers.

Emirates’ Country Manager Nigeria, Paulos Legesse, said it was a delight to resume operations to and from Nigeria, and pleased to see strong interest from customers.

Legesse said the strong patronage 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 once again 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 to other key cities across our network.”

The aircraft being deployed to both Nigerian cities is the three class Boeing 777-300ER which offers eight luxurious First Class suites, 42 generous Business Class seats, and over 300 seats in Economy Class.

Ensuring the safety of travellers, visitors, and the community, COVID-19 PCR tests are mandatory for all inbound passengers arriving to 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.

Additionally, the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has specified designated laboratories for passengers departing Nigeria, adding that travellers must obtain their certificate from one of the labs listed 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.