Emirates to boost Lagos flights
Dubai, December 5, 2008
Emirates is set to double its services between two of the fastest growing cities on earth - Dubai and Lagos from next year.
The airline will increase its seven-times-a-week Lagos service to twice daily from February 1, further supporting trade in Nigeria and expanding channels of investment between the west African nation, the UAE and beyond, said a statement from Emirates.
The new flight, EK 781, will depart Dubai at 1415hrs and arrive in Lagos at 1955hrs. The return flight, EK 782 will depart Lagos at 2135hrs and arrive in Dubai at 0735hrs the following day.
Under the revised schedule, the existing flight, EK783, will be brought forward slightly to depart Dubai at 0735hrs and arrive in Lagos at the earlier time of 1315hrs, providing additional scope for afternoon business appointments.
The return flight, EK784, will depart at 1500hrs and arrive in Dubai at 0100hrs the following day.
Salem Obaidalla, Emirates' senior vice president, Africa, West Asia & Indian Ocean, said: 'This is an exciting new development for Emirates in Africa, just four years after we started services to Lagos. Africa is one of the world's trading powerhouses and Emirates is supporting that commercial activity.'
'We are seeing clear demand for more flights and that is what we are delivering. 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,' he noted.
The Lagos route is currently served by a Boeing 777-300ER, offering 12 seats in First Class, 42 in Business and 304 in Economy.
The aircraft carries the extremely popular in-flight entertainment system, ice - designed to enthral passengers across all cabin classes and make the world seem smaller as time flies by.
The new service will also be operated by a Boeing 777-300ER, offering a slightly enhanced capacity of 12 First, 42 Business and 310 Economy Class seats.
Obaidalla said: 'With the start of this double daily flight to one of Africa’s major freight destinations, we also expect a further increase in cargo trade.'
With the opening of our Emirates Terminal 3, passengers from Africa and elsewhere on the airline's network, have even more reasons to fly in and out of Dubai, he added.-TradeArabia News Service