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Emirates Airlines to suspend flights to Nigeria

Emirates Airlines, based in Dubai, has announced that it will stop operating flights to Nigeria at the beginning of September because it has been unable to retrieve its funds from that country.

According to the Reuters news agency, the issue has arisen because Nigeria restricts access to foreign exchange.

Government comment has not yet been made.

In a statement, Emirates said it had “made considerable efforts to initiate dialogue with the relevant authorities for their urgent intervention to help find a viable solution.

“[It is] regrettable there has been no progress.”

Flights will stop from 1 September “to limit further losses and impact on our operation cost”.

In June, the International Air Transport Association said that Nigeria was not handing over $450m (£370m) owed to various airlines, Reuters says.

Emirates said it could reconsider its decision “should there be any positive developments in the coming days”.

It also added that affected travellers can get refunds for their tickets.

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