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The Federal Government says Emirates Airlines has been allowed to continue flight operations in Nigeria following agreement to issue visas to Nigerians.
The announcement by Aviation Minister, Mr Hadi Sirika, was posted late Wednesday on Tuesday.
The Nigerian Government had included in the list of airlines not allowed to operate in Nigeria as part of measures to curb the spread of coronavirus in the country but sources had informed NewsWireNGR that Nigeria banned Emirates because the UAE declined Nigerians visa.
The Aviation minister wrote, “UAE has written to state that they agree to issue visas to Nigerians, consequently decision has been reached to allow Emirates to fly into Nigeria. Commencement of the Visa issuance is condition precedent. Please bear with this unusual situation. Many thanks”
Nigeria closed its domestic and international airports March 23, leaving room for only evacuation flights for Nigerian citizens stranded in countries like the United States.
As the airport reopened, the first flight operated by Middle East Airlines, ME 571 from Beirut, Lebanon, landed at the airport at about 2:18 pm with 222 passengers and 17 crew members.
“Air France, KLM, Etihad, Rwandair, Lufthansa, TAAG Angola Airlines, Air Namibia, and Royal Air Maroc are airlines denied entrance into the country,” the aviation minister, Hadi Sirika, said.
Mr Sirika also said some airlines have been given approvals to operate within the COVID-19 protocols.
These airlines include: Middle-East, British Airways, Delta Airlines, Qatar Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, Egyptair, Air Peace, Virgin Atlantic, Asky, Africa World Airways (AWA), Air Cote-d’Ivoire, Kenya Airways, Emirate, and Turkish airlines.
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