Nigeria lifts short-lived Emirates flight suspension

FILE Photo: Emirates airliners are observed on the tarmac in a typical view of Dubai Worldwide Airport in Dubai, United Arab Emirates January 13, 2021. Picture taken via a window. REUTERS/Abdel Hadi Ramahi

LAGOS (Reuters) – Nigeria has lifted its suspension of Emirates airlines flights imposed immediately after the carrier sought supplemental COVID-19 exams for passengers from Nigeria, a spokesman for the country’s aviation regulator reported on Friday.

“The suspension has just been lifted, simply because they have complied with what we want,” reported the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) spokesman in a cellphone simply call. He reported further specifics would soon be manufactured public in a assertion.

An Emirates spokesperson said the organization “can ensure that we will continue on to function services to Abuja and Lagos.”

An aviation ministry spokesman on Monday informed a news convention that the United Arab Emirates (UAE), in addition to necessitating a polymerase chain response (PCR) test right before flying from Nigeria, was incorporating an excess requirement of obtaining a swift test 4 hours just before departure.

He stated airlines that insisted on the more check would be suspended right until an suitable composition was put in area to conduct the second test within four several hours of departure.

In a letter to the airline’s state manager, dated Feb. 4 and titled “suspension of Emirates airways operations to Nigeria”, the NCAA claimed the airline had carried passengers from Nigeria working with speedy antigen tests “conducted by laboratories that are neither approved nor authorized by the ideal regulatory bodies”.

The NCAA, in its letter, reported the determination to suspend Emirates was taken since the airline failed to heed a request to either acknowledge passengers without having the rapid take a look at till the appropriate infrastructure was in put or suspend flights to and from Nigeria until eventually that time.

This month, UAE authorities mentioned the airline’s passengers flying to Dubai from Nigeria would not be permitted entry if they transited by using a third place and could only enter on immediate flights, in accordance to field sources and a travel recognize on the RwandAir internet site.

Reporting by Libby George and Alexis Akwagyiram in Lagos. Supplemental reporting by Alexander Cornwell in Dubai. Composing by Alexis Akwagyiram. Editing by Giles Elgood and Mark Potter