The Federal Government of Nigeria has suspended its ban on Emirates Airlines.
Nigeria had barred the airline from lifting passengers from the country following United Arab Emirates decision, mandating all passengers to carry out Rapid Antigen Testing in laboratories that are not approved or authorized by the appropriate regulatory bodies.
However the UAE has now withdrawn the Rapid Antigen Testing requirements for its Nigerian passengers prompting the Presidential Task Force on COVID19 to direct immediate lifting of the suspension placed on the operations of Emirates Airlines in Nigeria.
A 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.”
Reacting to the development, the airline said, “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.”