Emirates has now connected Abuja to its worldwide network, making the Nigerian capital the airline’s 26th destination in Africa and its 144th worldwide.
Emirates flight EK785 landed at Abuja’s Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport earlier, marking the start of the airline’s daily service to its second destination in Nigeria.
Services to Lagos were launched just over ten years ago.
“This new daily flight provides a convenient point to point service for our customers between Abuja and Dubai, and it will meet and further stimulate a vibrant market demand between the two cities.
“It will also serve our customers in Nigeria and around the network with additional connectivity and daily frequency.
“Our leisure and business passengers from Nigeria can now better connect to the Middle East, Europe, the United States and Asia via our hub in Dubai.
“Customers in Abuja can experience our A380 flagship aircraft to 29 destinations around the world, including popular ones like Beijing, Hong Kong, Mumbai, New York, Jeddah and London,” said Adil Al Ghaith, Emirates vice president commercial operations, Northern and Western Africa.
“With a fast growing economy, Nigeria is a key market for Emirates.
“We started operations to Nigeria on 2nd January 2004, with four flights a week from Dubai to Lagos.
“Since then, our operations have steadily grown with increases in both frequency and capacity between Lagos and Dubai.
“Today, we fly twice daily to Lagos and now we have added Abuja, giving us a total of more than 12,200 seats a week, which will further stimulate business and leisure travel, as well as trade,” he added.
Emirates flight EK785 departs Dubai daily at 10:50hrs and arrives in Abuja at 15:10hrs.
The return flight, EK 786 departs Abuja at 19:35hrs and arrives in Dubai at 05:50hrs the next morning.