FG lifts UAE air travel ban as UAE suspends COVID testing of passengers
The federal government lifted the Emirates ban on Friday after the UAE government granted Emirates airlines permission to waive Rapid Antigen Testing (RPT) requirements prior to Emirates flights departing from Nigeria.
The event comes just hours after the federal government through the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) suspended Emirates flights to Nigeria (Lagos and Abuja) for 72 hours from midnight Thursday for violating the Task Force guidelines. COVID-19 Presidential Election (PFT) and COVID-19 Protocols.
On February 1, Dubai issued a circular to air passengers asking Emirates to conduct a mandatory rapid test on board four hours before the flight leaves Nigeria. …
But a letter from the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) dated February 5 to the regional manager of Emirates Airline, signed by Musa Nuhu, general manager of the NCAA, says: “We have carefully read your response to our letter dated February 4 and have concluded that the UAE government has granted Emirates permission to waive Rapid Antigen Testing (RPT) requirements prior to Emirates flights departing from Nigeria with immediate effect. until the necessary infrastructure is provided by the government of Nigeria.
“Based on the above, the Presidential Task Force (PTF) has ordered the immediate lifting of the suspension of Emirates Airlines in Nigeria.
“As such, Emirates Airlines is expected to continue to comply with the PTF COVID-19 guidelines and other protocols of the federal government of Nigeria,” the letter said.
In a statement issued by Emirates Airline, it was confirmed that it will continue to serve the airports of Abuja and Lagos.
Emirates can confirm that we will continue to operate flights 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 securely connect with our customers and to meet the demand for air travel from Nigeria to Dubai and through it to the Emirates global network, ”the statement said.
Source: – Working day