FG Lifts Ban On Emirates Airline, UAE Visa Issuance To Commence
Hadi Sirika, the minister of aviation, announced this on Wednesday via his official Twitter handle.
He explained that the government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will now commence visa issuance to Nigerians based on some conditions.
His tweet reads,
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.
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 🙏🏽🇳🇬🇳🇬🇳🇬🙏🏽
— Hadi Sirika (@hadisirika) September 30, 2020
Federal Government had banned Emirates Airlines from operating in the country on September 21.
Sirika had said it was done to implement the principle of reciprocity to all countries that had banned flights from Nigeria.
Consequently, Air France, KLM, Etihad, RwandAir, Air Namibia, Royal Air Maroc, Lufthansa, TAAG Angola Airlines were not granted approval to commence flight operations.
Cabo Verde and South African airlines were also denied approval as international flights had yet to resume in their countries.
Middle East Airline, British Airways, Delta, Qatar, Ethiopian Airlines, Air Peace, Virgin Atlantic, Asky Airlines, Africa World Airways, Air Cote D’ Ivoire, Kenya Airways, EgyptAir, Turkish Airlines and others were all granted approval to resume operations in Nigeria.