The Nigerian Government has announced the suspension of inbound and outbound flights of Emirates Airlines with immediate effect.
In a statement issued on Monday, the airline said passenger flights to and from Nigeria (Lagos and Abuja) are suspended from 21 June 2021 until further notice
The airline advised affected passengers to keep their ticket for future flights, saying it remains committed to Nigeria.
He said: “In line with government directives, passenger flights to and from Nigeria (Lagos and Abuja) are suspended with effect from 21 June 2021 until further notice,” the statement reads.
“Customers travelling to and from Lagos and Abuja will not be accepted for travel. Customers who have been to or connected through Nigeria in the last 14 days are not permitted to board from any other point to the UAE.
“We regret the inconvenience caused, and affected customers should contact their booking agent or Emirates call centre for rebooking. Emirates remains committed to Nigeria, and we look forward to resuming passenger services when conditions allow.”
Recall that the Dubai Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management, on Saturday, eased travel restrictions to Nigerian passengers under a new COVID-19 health and safety protocol.
The agency removed the rapid antigen test and said passengers from Nigeria would only be required to possess a negative PCR test.
“We look forward to facilitating travel from these countries and supporting various travellers’ categories.”
“We will resume carrying passengers from South Africa, Nigeria and India in accordance with these protocols from 23rd June,” Emirates had announced.
Authorities in Nigeria and the United Arab Emirates had been engaging in diplomatic discussions over issues relating to the COVID-19 protocol.
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