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Thu 4 Dec 2008 02:34 PM

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Emirates to increase flights to Nigeria

Dubai-based airline will double number of flights between Dubai and African country's largest city, Lagos.

Emirates will double the number of flights it operates between Dubai and Nigeria’s largest city, Lagos, the airline announced on Thursday.

The Dubai-based airline, which only started operating services to the African city four years ago, plans to increase its one-flight-a-day service to Lagos to two flights a day from February 1, 2009.

“Africa is one of the world's trading powerhouses and Emirates is supporting that commercial activity,” said Salem Obaidalla, Emirates senior vice president for Africa, West Asia and the Indian Ocean, explaining that the airline was responding to a “clear demand” for more flights.

“At the same time, we are improving two-way connectivity between a host of places, particularly Bahrain, Doha, Muscat, the Indian subcontinent, East Asia and Australasia,” Obaidalla added.

The new flight, EK781, will depart from Dubai at 2.15pm and arrive in Lagos at 7.55pm, while the return flight, EK782 will depart from Lagos at 9.35pm, and arrive in Dubai at 7.35am the following day.

The new service will be operated by a Boeing 777-300ER, which seats 364 people. The current service uses the same type of plane, but has a slightly smaller capacity, seating 358.

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humza 10 years ago

This is really good step by Emirates, in this way people of Nigeria working in Emirates would get a great facility to go their home.