Why Emirates Airlines postpones Nigeria-Dubai flights indefinitely

*The Airline says ‘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’

Emmanuel Akosile | ConsumerConnect

Citing government’s directives for the sudden development, Emirates Airlines has postponed the resumption of flights between the UAE and Nigeria indefinitely.

ConsumerConnect had reported that following the six-month restriction of flights from Nigeria into the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management, in Dubai, had planned to announce a new entry protocols for passengers from Nigeria, India and South Africa Wednesday, June 23, 2021.

The Committee made the disclosure via a statement by the Dubai Media Office, headed by Sheik Monsoor biin Mohammed bin Rashid El Maktoum.

The protocols stipulated that passengers must have received a negative test result for a PCR test taken within 48 hours before departure, but UAE citizens are exempted.

Likewise, passengers must present a negative PCR test certificate with a OR code from laboratory approved by the Nigerian Government.

Also, all passengers must undergo a PCR test on arrival at the Dubai Airport.

However, in a notice the airline sent Monday, June 21 to air travellers who had booked its flights, Emirates said it was suspending passenger flights to and from Abuja and Lagos indefinitely.

It was gathered the airline blamed government’s directives for its volte-face in this regard.

The airline in the notice posted on its Web site said: “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.”

It further stated: “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.”

Emirates is the largest airline and flag carrier of the United Arab Emirates. The airline, which is based in Garhoud, Dubai, is a subsidiary of the Emirates Group, owned by the Government of Dubai’s Investment Corporation of Dubai.

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