• Chidozie Uzoezie

Finally, Emirates Resumes Scheduled Flights to Nigeria

After several months of diplomatic tension following the COVID-19 pandemic, Emirates will finally resume scheduled passenger flights to Nigeria from 5 December 2021.

Emirates will operate to the Nigerian cities of Lagos and Abuja with daily flights, enabling travellers to safely connect via Dubai to Emirates network of over 120 destinations.

Flight EK 785 will depart Dubai at 1100hrs, arriving in Abuja at 1540hrs. The return flight, EK 786 will take off from Abuja at 1900, arriving in Dubai at 0435hrs the next day.

Flight EK 783 will depart Dubai at 1030hrs, arriving Lagos at 1540hrs. The return flight EK 784 will depart Lagos at 1810hrs, arriving in Dubai at 0415hrs the next day.

All flights will be operated by a Boeing 777 aircraft, and can be booked on, with OTAs and via travel agents.

It will be recalled that the Federal Government of Nigeria lifted the travel ban on Emirates on 26 November, 2021 after the airline relaxed its stringent COVID-19 measures against Nigerians, which included the requirement of Rapid Antigen Test (RDT).

In its revised Coronavirus protocol, the United Arab Emirates has removed the Rapid Antigen Test (RDT) for COVID-19 as a requirement for passengers travelling from Nigeria to the UAE.

However, Emirates advises that passengers flying to and from Nigeria have to meet the requirements of their destinations.

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