Read Why Emirates Airline Is Suspending Operations In NigeriaDubai based airline, Emirates Airlines will suspend their operations in Nigeria by the end of this month.
According to Emirates, the reason for this decision is irregularities in the controversial foreign currency repatriation policy of Nigeria.
This has led to a loss of as much as 64 billion naira by foreign airlines in the past year on account of repatriating 800 million dollars stuck in the economy then released recently after the devaluation of the naira.
After the devaluation, the 800 million dollars that was accumulated from airlines’ ticket sales at the time the exchange rate was still at N197 to a dollar, was taken out of Nigeria at new rate of N320 to a dollar, leading to the loss of a lot of money.
The Nigerian aviation sector has consistently struggled with the many FX policies of CBN.
Aero Contractors and First Nation, two of Nigeria's local airlines have previously suspended operations due to trouble times as they wait for yet another bailout.