The Federal Government has lifted the ban placed on Emirates Airlines from operating in Nigeria.
Based on the undertaking by the authorities of the United Arabs Emirates (UAE) the Nigerian government reached an agreement to lift the ban placed on Emirates Airlines from operating into and out of the country
This was disclosed by the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, via his official Twitter handle Today, September 30th, 2020
He stated, “UAE has written to state that they agree to issue visas to Nigerians, consequently decision has been reached to allow Emirates to fly into Nigeria.
“Commencement of the Visa issuance is condition precedent. Please bear with this unusual situation. Many thanks.
According to the Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, the commencement of the airline’s operations would however depend on the commencement of visa issuance by the UAE
The Minister appreciates the understanding of everyone who has been negatively affected by the recent policy decisions which forbade some airlines from operating into the country when Nigeria reopened its air space to international flights.
The decisions, he said, were taken to protect the interests of the nation and its citizens who deserve to be treated with respect and dignity, same Nigeria treats other nationals.
It will be recalled that Emirates Airlines was initially given approval to operate into the country, an approval which was withdrawn following the inability of Nigerians to obtain/use valid tourist visas to enter the UAE.