Nigeria Announces Possible Resumption of Flights to UAE

The federal government of Nigeria has announced the possible resumption of flights between Nigeria and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Recall that direct flights between both countries were suspended in March over issues relating to the COVID-19 protocol.

The national incident manager of the presidential steering committee on COVID-19, Mukhtar Muhammad while speaking at a media briefing on Monday said that both countries have agreed on the reviewed travel guidelines and conditions imposed by the UAE government.

He explained that the federal government has succumbed to the COVID-19 testing requirement earlier imposed by the UAE government in March 2021 to maintain harmony.

Speaking on the resumption of Emirates Airline’s flights to Nigeria, he said there had been extensive deliberation on the matter, he assured that the gap had been significantly closed between the position of Nigeria and the UAE.

“They have met some of our requirements, and we are just waiting for one confirmation,” NAN quoted Muhammad as saying

Also speaking at the briefing, Musa Nuhu, director-general of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), said Emirates Airline would soon resume its flight operations in and out of Nigeria.

Nuhu said that there were still ongoing discussions with the airline. 

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