The federal government has lifted the ban placed on Emirates Airlines which stopped it from operating into Nigeria as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Spokesperson of the ministry of Aviation, James Odaudu, who revealed this in a statement yesterday, said lifting of the ban meant that the airline could now operate in and out of Nigeria.
Odaudu quoted the minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, to have said, “Based on the undertaking by the authorities of the Unit-
ed Arabs Emirates (UAE), the Nigerian gov- ernment has agreed to lift the ban placed on Emirates Air-lines from operating into and out of the country.
“The commencement of the airline’s opera- tions would however depend on the commence- ment of visa issuance by the UAE.
“UAE has written to state that they agree to issue visas to Nigerians, consequently deci- sion has been reached to allow Emirates to fly into Nigeria.”
The minister further appreciated the under- standing 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 decision, he said, was taken to protect the interests of the nation and its citizens who deserve to be treated with respect and dignity, same way Nigeria treats other nationals.
It would be recalled that Emirates Airlines was initially given approval to operate into the country, an approval which was withdrawn fol- lowing the inability of Nigerians to obtain/use valid tourist visas to enter the UAE.