According to a report from Daily Trust, international airline, Emirates which is one of the biggest foreign airlines operating in Nigeria, says it is stopping flight operations to the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja effective October 22nd 2016.
Similarly, Kenya Airways, has announced that it will suspend flights to Abuja with effect from November 15, 2016, as part of its restructuring and loss saving efforts. Emirates has formally written the Minister of State, Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika over its intention to stop flight operations into Abuja following the airline’s inability to buy forex and remit its sales.
A source said if after weeks of the Abuja suspension, no drastic change happened, Emirates would also suspend Lagos operations indefinitely. “Emirates has huge money in naira at the banks. .
It cannot repatriate its sales because it cannot buy dollars. This is having negative effect on their operations,” the source said. On its part, the Kenya Airline indicated that the suspension of its Abuja flights was triggered by the dwindling traffic from Abuja to Nairobi.