Emirates Airline has again extended the resumption of flights to and from Nigeria till October 10.
The airline disclosed this in an updated statement on its website as the diplomatic row between Nigeria and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) deepens.
“Emirates’ flights to and from Nigeria will remain suspended until 10 October 2021,” the airline said.
“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.
“Emirates regrets any inconvenience caused,” the Emirates statement said.
Emirates had suspended flight operations into and from Nigeria after the Federal Government stopped the airline from conducting rapid COVID-19 tests for Nigerian travellers at the Lagos and Abuja airports before departure.
The Federal Government later reversed the ban when the airline agreed to stop the rapid antigen tests.
In another twist in March, the Federal Government reintroduced the ban, explaining that Emirates continued to conduct tests for passengers before departure from Nigeria.
The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) had also said the moves by Emirates violated the country’s COVID-19 protocols, while Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, said it is “discriminatory profiling” of Nigerian travellers.