The Emirates confirms the recent bans on flights by the Nigerian Government with a statement:
“In line with government directives, passenger flights to and from Nigeria (Lagos and Abuja) are suspended with effect from 18 March 2021 until further notice.
Customers traveling to and from Lagos and Abuja will not be accepted for travel. We regret the inconvenience caused, and affected customers should contact their booking agent or Emirates call center for rebooking.
Emirates remains committed to Nigeria, and we look forward to resuming passenger services when conditions allow.”
The Nigerian government temporarily banned Emirates Airlines from operating in the country over its refusal to fly passengers without a pre-boarding rapid diagnostic test (RDTs). The chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 (PTF), Boss Mustapha, while speaking at its weekly briefing on Monday said the ban will take effect from midnight on Wednesday, March 17.
“KLM will resume outbound flights from Lagos on March 15, 2021, without RDTs while a letter has been written to Emirates airlines to suspend flights with effect from midnight Wednesday, March 17, 2021,” he said.
Earlier this month, authorities in Dubai said the city would not allow travelers who had been in either South Africa or Nigeria to enter until at least March 20, to protect against the import of new variants of Covid-19. however, the emirates airline was still functional in Nigeria until these bans were put in place.
Recall that the emirates took initiative recently by vaccinating a huge percentage of its flight and nonflight staff. The RTDs were another layer of protection required by this airline. However, it quickly became a bone of contention hat led to their being banned. Do you think the bans on Emirates by the Nigerian Government is deserved? Let us know in the comments section below.