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Government bans Emirate Airline from functioning in Nigeria

The federal government of Nigeria has banned the United Arab Emirates from functioning in Nigeria.

According to the circular issued by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), the airline breached some of the guidelines placed by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19. These guidelines include airlifting passengers from Nigeria and using rapid antigen tests done at laboratories which are not approved by regulatory authorities.

The circular read, “Based on the foregoing and to enable the Nigerian government to put in place the needed infrastructure and logistics for COVID-19 RDT testing for departing passengers, the PTF has directed that Emirates Airlines should either accept passengers without RDT pending when the infrastructure and logistics are put in place or suspend its flights to and from Nigeria until such a time when the required infrastructure and logistics are fully established and implemented.

“Emirates Airlines has not been in compliance with the two options given by the PTF as records obtained from Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) indicates that Emirates Airlines operated the flights from both Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos and Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja.”

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