Emirates adds Abuja and Kano flights

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Emirates is to launch daily flights linking Dubai to the Nigerian cities of Abuja and Kano little more than a decade after starting its first route to Nigeria.

The Gulf carrier will begin Airbus A340-500 flight to the Nigerian capital Abuja and the northern city of Kano from 1 August. Abuja is where the Nigerian government and majority of institutions are located, while Kano is the the country's second most populous city after Lagos.

Emirates has operated to Lagos since 2004, serving the city double-daily since 2004.

“Nigeria is experiencing strong demographic and economic growth. The country is strategic to Emirates’ global expansion, as is Africa," says Thierry Antinori, Emirates chief commercial officer.