Nigeria has banned Emirates from flying to Lagos and will only allow the Dubai-based carrier to fly to Abuja once a week. This is protectionist retaliation against the U.A.E. because Nigeria’s own Air Peace is not being granted its requested slots at Sharjah airport.
Air Peace has been given a single weekly frequency to Sharjah, so Emirates gets a single weekly frequency to Abuja. In the meantime Nigerians have their flight options limited. The Nigerian government chooses a single business over anyone in their country who might wish to travel.
According to the Director General of Nigeria’s Civil Aviation Authority,
The Nigerian Government was gracious to grant Emirates Airlines 21 frequencies it requested for. The airline wants to operate fourteen weekly flights to Lagos and another seven weekly to Abuja airports.
However, Air Peace only requested for three weekly flights to Sharjah, not even Dubai airport, but the GCAA refused the airline. It only approved one weekly frequency to the airline. The only excuse they gave was that they don’t have enough slots. Where is the justice in this? That is the capital flight out of Nigeria. Nigeria should protect its own.
Meanwhile Emirates had only just resumed operations to Nigeria on December 5, after a 10 month hiaturs. Flights will be suspended once again starting December 12. Air Peace, by the way, has an ex-Emirates 777 in its fleet.
Nigeria of course has a very strange airline industry.