FG Lift Ban on Emirate Airline
The Federal Government has lifted the ban hindering Emirates Airlines from operating in Nigeria. It can fly Nigeria’s air route again.
Hadi Sirika, Minister of Aviation disclosed this on Wednesday as he took to his twitter handle saying: ‘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.’
Although, the minister had on September 18 announced the ban on Emirates flight to Nigeria. The Federal Government previously vowed to enforce the principle of reciprocity in granting permission to airlines to resume operations.
Prior to the resumption of International flights in the country, the Federal Government had declared that Air France, KLM, Etihad, RwandAir, Air Namibia, Royal Air Maroc, Lufthansa, TAAG Angola Airlines were not granted approval to begin flight operations.
Carbo Verde and South African airlines were also denied approval as international flights had not resumed in their countries.
Middle East Airlines, British Airways, Delta, Qatar, Ethiopian Airlines, Air Peace, Virgin Atlantic, Asky Airlines, Africa World Airways, Air Cote D’Ivoire, Kenya Airways, EgyptAir, Turkish Airlines were all granted approval to resume operations in Nigeria.
EgyptAir, Virgin Atlantic, Turkish Airlines, Africa World Airways, Kenya Airways, and Middle East Airlines were announced as the airlines permitted to use Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, while British Airways, Emirates, Ethiopian Airlines, Africa World Airways , and Middle East Airlines were granted approval to use Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja.
Sirika disclosed the necessity for Nigeria to implement the principle of reciprocity to all countries that had banned flights from Nigeria.