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Notwithstanding the lifting of the suspension of the ban on flights to and from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) into Nigeria by the Federal Government, Emirates Airlines has revealed that flight operations are still on hold while also adding that affected flight bookings have been cancelled.
The airline took to its website on Monday to write: ‘Affected flight bookings have been cancelled. If your flight has been cancelled or impacted by route suspensions due to COVID 19 restrictions, you don’t need to call us immediately for rebooking.
‘You can simply hold on to your Emirates ticket and when flights resume, get in touch with your booking office or us to make new travel plans.’
Africa Daily News, New York recalls that the Federal Government recently lifted the ban on the operations of Emirates airlines in and out of the country allowing flights from the United Arab Emirates to Nigeria to commence immediately.
The minister of aviation, Hadi Sirika, also stated that the ban was lifted after Emirates had removed its stringent conditions slammed on Nigerian travellers.
While briefing journalists, Sirika pointed out that the ban on Emirates was lifted following communications received from UAE removing travel conditions the Nigerian government had opposed.
He said the UAE had removed the restrictions without conditions hence Nigeria reciprocated the gesture by lifting the ban on Emirates.
Following this, Air Peace said it will resume flights to Dubai via Sharjah on December 1, 2021.
The UAE, in its latest Coronavirus protocol, removed the Rapid Antigen Test (RDT) for COVID-19 as a prerequisite for travelling to the Middle East country for Nigerians and some other countries.
The FG also responded by lifting the ban it previously placed on UAE’s Emirates Airline’s flights into Nigeria.
AFRICA DAILY NEWS, NEW YORK