COVID-19: Nigerian govt lifts ban on Emirates

Following a reversal of policy from the United Arab Emirates, the Federal Government has lifted the ban it earlier placed on Emirates Airlines.

A letter by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority said the UAE granted the carrier permission to withdraw the Rapid Antigen Testing done prior to the departure of Emirates flights from Nigeria.

The letter by the Director-General of NCAA, Capt. Musa Nuhu, asked the airline to comply with the directives by the PTF on COVID-19 and other protocols of the Federal Government of Nigeria.

“Emirates Airlines will be duly informed of ongoing enforcement actions by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority with regards to the established non-compliances to PTF directives and protocols as enumerated in our letter of February 4, 2021,” the letter reads.

Reacting to the development, the airline expressed its desire to continue flying to Nigeria as it thanked the authorities for their support.

“Emirates can confirm that we will continue to operate services to Abuja and Lagos. We are strongly committed to Nigeria and would like to thank the local authorities for their trust and support.

“We look forward to continuing to safely connect our customers, and meet air travel demand from Nigeria to and through Dubai to Emirates’ global network.”a statement from the airline read in part.




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