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FG Bars Emirate Airlines From Nigerian Air Space

Valentine Chinyem

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Offical airline of the United Arab Emirate, Emirates Airlines, has been barred from operating into and out of Nigeria.

This was made known in a tweet on Saturday by the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika,

Sirika, who revealed that the ban is to take effect from September 21, 2020, noted that, the development sequel to a meeting between the Aviation Sub-Committee of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and Ambassadors of the European Union over the ban placed on Lufthansa Airways, Air France and KLM.

The listed airlines were among those barred from Nigeria’s airspace when the country lifted the ban on international flights as a result of COVID-19.

Others barred from flying into Nigeria were Etihad, RwandAir, Air Namibia, Royal Air Maroc, TAAG Angola Airlines, Cabo Verde and South African Airways.

On the decision to add Emirates to the list of banned airlines, Sirika tweeted: “The PTF sub-committee met today with EU Ambassadors to discuss Lufthansa, Air France/KLM ban.

“The meeting progressed well.

“Emirates Airlines’ situation was reviewed and they are consequently included in the list of those not approved, with effect from Monday, September 21, 2020.”