- Emirates to Improve Nigeria/China Trade Relations Through Route Expansion
Emirates says it is expanding its routes to Guangzhou, among other destinations in China, with its flagship A380 aircraft to boost trade between the country and others including Nigeria.
The Emirates Regional Manager for West Africa Commercial Operations, Afzal Parambil, said the airline would play a huge role of bringing and taking passengers from Nigeria to China and vice-versa, which would add value to both economies.
Parambil said, “We want to promote Nigeria as an investment destination. China is an important market just like Nigeria and we have plans to help boost the Nigerian economy. Travels from all over the world to China has increased in recent times not just for pleasure but for business and trade and Emirates is expanding to several destinations in the country.
“Nigeria is also an important destination but the potential has not been harnessed properly. I think it is better to begin to explore this potential.”
He said Guangzhou was the current market choice destination in China and would join more than 40 other destinations on Emirates’ extensive global network served by its A380 aircraft such as Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Taipei, London, Paris, Sydney, Toronto, Auckland, Bangkok and Seoul.
“Emirates will deploy its three-class A380 on the Guangzhou route, offering a total of 491 seats, with 14 private suites in first class, 76 mini pods with lie-flat seats in business class and 401 spacious seats in economy class. The Emirates A380 service from Guangzhou will provide leisure travellers with ideal connectivity to popular destinations such as Prague and Warsaw,” he said.
Parambil said the airline was also considering restoring its second daily frequency to Lagos and its Abuja-Dubai flight which he said were stopped due to operational reasons.
“We are discussing with the Minister of Aviation to restore the routes. Very soon, you will hear from us on the matter,” he said.