Emirates returns to Nigeria Feb. 28

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Yemisi Izuora

 

Emirates Airlines which suspended flights to Nigeria has announced that it would resume flight operations by February 28, 2021.

The airline also warned that passengers who have been to or connected through Nigeria in the last 14 days would not be allowed entry into the UAE (whether terminating in or connecting through Dubai).

The airline in a statement said, “In line with government directives, passenger services from Nigeria (Lagos and Abuja) to Dubai are temporarily suspended until 28 February 2021. Customers from both Abuja and Lagos will not be accepted for travel prior to or including this date”.

The carrier however regret the inconvenience caused, just as it asked affected passengers to contact their booking agent or Emirates call centre for re-booking.

“Emirates remains committed to Nigeria, and we look forward to resuming passenger services to Dubai for our customers when conditions allow.”

The UAE and Nigeria disagreed over the introduction of Rapid Antigen Testing (RDT) on passengers from Nigeria four hours prior to departure.

The federal government through the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) subsequently banned the airline.

Less than five hours after the action, the NCAA lifted the ban after extracting commitment and agreement to suspend the action from the carrier.

The NCAA said the carrier’s suspension of Rapid Antigen Testing (RDT) prior to departure of Emirates flights from Nigeria with immediate effect until such a time that the required infrastructure is made available by the Nigerian government.

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