COVID-19: FG reverses ban on Emirates

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The Federal Government has lifted the ban on Emirates Airlines following a reversal of policy from the United Arab Emirates. 

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.

Due to the development, the presidential task force on COVID-19 directed the immediate lifting of the suspension.

NCAA director-general Capt. Musa Nuhu said he expected 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 read.

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

It read, “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.”

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