The Federal Government has lifted travel restrictions between Nigeria and the United Arab Emirates and approved the immediate reinstatement of Emirates flights to Nigeria.
With this approval, Air Peace is also at liberty to resume operations to Dubai.
The reinstatement followed the review and acceptance of the Safety Decision as released by the United Arab Emirates Aviation Authority (GCAA).
In a letter signed by the Director General, Nigeria Civil AviationAuthorityy, NCAA, Captain Musa Nuhu, both airlines must operate under the terms and conditions of Bilateral Air Services Agreement (BASA) and ensure strict compliance with the COVID-19 Travel Protocols of both countries.
“Consequently, Air peace and Emirates Airlines are liberty to resume scheduled passenger flights between Nigeria and UAE under the terms and conditions of the Bilateral Air Services Agreement (BASA) between the two countries. All parties must ensure strict compliance with the COVID-19 Travel Protocols of both countries”.
The NCAA re-assured the traveling public that the Federal Government will continue to ensure the provision of air services while protecting national’s interests at all times.
Last year, following the refusal of the UAE to allow a Nigerian airline, Air Peace three frequencies to operate into Dubai cut down on Emirates flights to Nigeria to once a week to Abuja and barred it from operating into Lagos.
According to the Federal Government, the decision was taken to protect Nigerian businesses.
This development led to Emirates airline suspending operations to Nigeria.