Emirates airlines says it is working closely with the United Arab Emirates, UAE and the Nigerian authorities on the recent ban by the Nigeria government of the airlines from flying into the country from Monday 21st September, 2020.
In a statement by the Emirates spokesman, the airline remains committed to serving its two Nigerian points, Abuja and Lagos to connect our customers to and through Dubai to Emirates’ global network, and meet the growing demand for air travel in and out of the country.
The Emirates spokesman assured, “will communicate any updates to our customers. We look forward to continue serving our customers in Nigeria.”
The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika on his twitter handle last week announced the ban of Emirates flights to Nigeria effective on Monday, September 21, 2020.
“Emirates Airline’s situation was reviewed and they are consequently included in the list of those not approved, with effect from Monday the 21st Sept. 2020,” he tweeted.
The Minister also said the Sub-Committee of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 met with European Union Country Ambassadors to discuss the ban on Lufthansa, Air France and KLM. “The meeting progressed well,” he tweeted.
The ban according to investigation maybe not be unconnected with non-issuance of visas to Nigerians by the government of the UAE.