Ambassador (Dr) Mike G. Omotosho, Nigeria’s Consul General in the UAE (left) with Adil Al Ghaith, Emirates' Vice President Commercial Operations, Northern and Western Africa, at Dubai International Airport, with members of Emirates’ cabin crew for the start of the new daily Dubai-Abuja. Emirates’ first flight EK785 touches down in Abuja.
- Emirates began services to its 21st African non-stop destination on 1 August, linking its global hub in Dubai (DXB) with daily flights to Nigeria’s capital city Abuja (ABV), its second destination in Nigeria. Services to Lagos were launched just over 10 years ago. The inaugural flight, which was operated by the MEB3 airline’s 267-seat A340-300s, comes just days after Arik Air launched its own five times weekly operation between the two cities on 29 July. Presently, neither of the remaining MEB3 carriers will offer Emirates any indirect competing services from their respective hubs. "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.