Emirates Airlines yesterday disclosed plans to upscale flight services to Abuja, with twice-daily flights beginning from June 1.
The new services, "based on popular demand", is to be operated by Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, bringing the airlines' daily frequencies in Nigeria to four.
The new service flight EK786 will depart Dubai every day at 10:40hrs and arrive Abuja at 14:55hrs. The return flight EK785 will leave Abuja same day at 18:10hrs.
Emirates also announced adjustments to its operational schedules in 2019, to minimise the impact of the closure of Dubai International Airport's Southern Runway in April and May 2019, and to respond to global travel demand trends.
President of Emirates Airline, Sir Tim Clark, said Emirates is a customer-focused airline, with a commercially-driven business model.
"We invest in modern and efficient aircraft fleet, so we can offer industry-leading comforts to our customers, and we are agile in deploying our aircraft to destinations where it best serves customer demand.
"The changes we are implementing to our network schedules in 2019 are in line with this approach, taking into consideration global market dynamics and operational limitations including the maintenance work on Dubai Airport's Southern Runway.
Through the year, we will continue to keep a close watch on global markets and will maintain our flexibility to optimise the usage of our aircraft assets," Clark said.
A significant number of scheduled Emirates flights will be impacted by the closure of Dubai International Airport's Southern Runway for maintenance work between 16 April and 30 May 2019.
Given the limitations around operating flights using a single runway at its hub, many Emirates flights will be cancelled, re-timed or have the operating aircraft changed in order to reduce impact on customers.
This will result in up to 48 Emirates aircraft not being utilised during the 45-day period.
Hence, Emirates will deploy additional flights to several markets in Africa starting in June 2019.
The additional services will satisfy the increased demand that the airline has witnessed in these markets, and will offer customers even more seamless connections between these destinations and Emirates' global network through Dubai.
Starting from June 1, Emirates will introduce a second daily flight to Casablanca, Morocco; Conakry, Guinea; and Dakar, Senegal.
Similarly, starting from June 2nd 2019, second daily flight will be introduced to Accra, Ghana.
Also, between March 31st and October 2019, second daily flight will be introduced to Athens, Greece; three daily flights to Rome, Italy; while daily service will begin once again to Zagreb, Croatia.
During the financial year 2019/20, Emirates will take delivery of six new Airbus A380 aircraft.
At the same time, the airline will be renewing its fleet by retiring seven older Boeing 777 aircraft.
Emirates took delivery of its last Boeing 777-300ER aircraft in November 2018 and will commence taking deliveries of the next generation Boeing 777Xs in 2020.