Emirates Airlines has extended the ban on passenger services from Nigeria (Lagos and Abuja) to Dubai until March 10 2021.
According to the message to its travel partners titled “Temporary Suspension of PAX uplift from Nigeria to Dubai – update”, the airline said, “As instructed by the UAE authorities, the uplift of passengers on Emirates from Nigeria (LOS & ABV) to Dubai is temporarily suspended up to and including the 10th of March, 2021.
Also, the carrier warned that passengers who had been to or connected through Nigeria in the last 14 days would not be allowed entry into the United Arab Emirates (whether terminating in or connecting through Dubai).
Emirates said flights from Dubai to Nigeria (EK783 DXB-LOS & EK785 DXB-ABV) are not affected by the suspension and these flights would continue to operate as per the published schedule.
It further noted that the operational status of EK services from Nigeria after March 10, 2021 is under review and further updates would be published in due course.
The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority had on February 5, 2021 barred the carrier from Nigeria, alleging flouting of COVID-19 protocols as well as the introduction of rapid antigen test as a requirement for Dubai travellers against the Nigerian government’s negative PCR requirements.
Meanwhile, the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos has received the certificate of accreditation from the Airports Council International in its Airports Council International Airport Health Accreditation Programme.