Federal Government lifts suspension of Emirates Airlines operations

Federal Government has lifted the suspension placed on Emirates Airlines operations in Nigeria.

Notice to resume operations was announced on Friday, January 5 few hours after the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) suspended the Emirates Airlines.

In a statement issued by the NCAA’s Director-General, Capt. Musa Nuhu, He said the regulatory body has received a response from Emirates Airlines regarding the earlier suspension occasioned by a violation of guidelines placed by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.

Recall that the Presidential Task Force had directed the immediate suspension of Emirates Airlines operations effective February 4 until when the needed infrastructure and logistics were put in place for the Rapid Antigen Test (RDT) test by the Nigerian Government.

However, a new notice said the NCAA DG, said an understanding has been reached with the UAE Government, leading the airline to withdraw the requirement for RDT prior to departure of their flights from Nigeria with immediate effect.

Capt Nuhu further stated that based on the foregoing, the PTF has been directed to lift with immediate effect, the suspension of Emirates Airlines operations in Nigeria.

He added;

“It is therefore expected that Emirates airlines will continue to comply with the directives of the PTF on COVID-19 and other protocols of the Federal Government of Nigeria,”


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