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Emirates cuts flights to Nigeria

Emirates has announced that it will stop flying between Dubai and Nigeria’s capital Abuja. This follows an earlier announcement from the airline's president that it "would reduce the frequency of its flights to Africa". BBC reports.

The decision to end the four flights each week to Abuja will take effect from 30 October.

This move could have an impact on Nigeria's economy which is already in recession.

Dubai is one of the major destinations for Nigerian business people and leisure seekers.



The airline said the decision was made to ensure that its fleet was available for more profitable routes.

Airline operators have complained of a difficult operating environment in Nigeria, and persistent financial challenges.

So far this year, Nigeria’s currency the naira has slumped in value against the US dollar thanks to continued low oil prices.

The airline had already cut its flights to Nigeria's two major cities from twice daily to once.

An Emirates spokesman said the airline would now only serve Nigeria with a daily flight to and from the country’s commercial hub of Lagos.

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