By John Ikani
Emirates Airlines has again extended the suspension of flights from Lagos State and Abuja airports to Dubai till September 5, 2021.
The development comes two weeks after the Dubai-based carrier suspended flight resumption into Nigeria to August 15 as diplomatic rows between Nigeria and UAE continues.
Announcing the extension in a statement on its website, the airline said travellers who have been to or connected through Nigeria within the last two weeks will not be permitted entry into Emirates flight.
“Emirates’ flights to and from Nigeria will remain suspended until 05 September 2021,” the statement reads.
“Customers who have been to or connected through Nigeria in the last 14 days will not be permitted on any Emirates flights bound for Dubai. 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,” it added.
Travellers were encouraged to continue monitoring the airline’s official website for updates and flight availability.
Emirates also announced the suspension of flights from and to Kabul over the crisis rocking Afghanistan.
It asked customers to check the latest information on their flights by visiting the flight status page.
“Customers are advised that due to the developing situation in Afghanistan, all Emirates flights to/from Kabul have been suspended until further notice.
“Customers holding tickets with final destination to Kabul will not be accepted for travel at their point of origin.
“Emirates regrets any inconvenience caused. Affected customers should contact their booking agents or the local Emirates office for rebooking options,” the statement added.