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FG LIFTS SUSPENSION ON OUTBOUND EMIRATES AIRLINE FLIGHTS

The Federal Government has lifted the 72-hour suspension placed on outbound Emirates Airlines flights from Nigeria.


Recall that the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) earlier suspended Emirates flights from Nigeria due to violation of guidelines put in place by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.


The airline was accused of airlifting passengers from Nigeria using Rapid Antigen Tests (RAT) done at laboratories which are not approved by regulatory authorities.


Read Also: COVID-19: FG SUSPENDS OUTBOUND EMIRATE FLIGHTS



However, in a notice of the permit to resume operations released late on Friday, 5th February 2021, Musa Nuhu, NCAA’s Director-general 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.


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.


This is to be in place until such a time that the required infrastructure is made available by the Nigerian Government.


Capt Nuhu further disclosed that based on the foregoing, the PTF has directed the immediate lifting of the suspension of Emirates Airlines operations in Nigeria.


“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,” the NCAA boss noted.


"Emirates airlines will be duly informed of ongoing enforcement actions by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) with regards to the established non-compliances to PTF directives and protocols as enumerated in our letter of 4th February 2021," the statement added.

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