Emirates Airline is commemorating 15 years of successful operations in and out of Nigeria. The airline made its maiden landing in Lagos,from Dubai, in 2004 as a key gateway to the West Africa subregion. Subsequently, the carrier launched Dubai – Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Since that inaugural flight into the Nigerian soil, Emirates has flown millions of passengers on the popular Nigerian route, and has become the airline of choice for both premium and value-driven Nigerian air travelers.
Emirates SkyCargo also started operations in 2004 and has since carried 14,000 tonnes of mobile phones, garments and personal effects as imports, and has exported over 4,000 tonnes of fresh Kolanuts, beverages and mobile phones.
Afzal Parambil, Emirates’ Regional Manager, West Africa, says: “Emirates has enjoyed a strong relationship with Nigeria, and remains deeply committed to the market. Over the past 15 years, we have not only seen our operations grow, but our product develop to cater to the taste and requirements of our Nigerian customers. We constantly strive to provide our passengers with an unforgettable travel experience, and our growth is a testament to the fact that we are on the right track.”
To celebrate this milestone in Nigeria, Emirates launched its new pan-African brand advertising campaign, taking the message of ‘New Africa’ to the world.