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Emirates Airline Lifts 11-Months Flight Suspension On Nigeria

Oluwasina Phillip

Emirates Airline has said that it will resume its passenger operations between Dubai and Nigeria from December 5 2021.

The decision by the Dubai based airline is coming days after the Federal Government lifted its flight ban on the United Arab Emirates.

UAE has also dropped the Rapid Antigen Test (RDT) for COVID-19 as a prerequisite for travelling to the Middle East country for Nigerians and some other countries five days ago.

In the fresh development, the airline announced on Thursday in a statement that it has dropped its 11-month flight suspension to Nigeria.

Emirates said, “The world’s largest international airline will operate to and from its Nigerian gateways with daily flights, providing travelers from Nigeria convenient access to Dubai, which remains a highly popular holiday and business destination. 

“Emirates will operate to Abuja with EK 785 and 786. EK 785 will depart Dubai at 1100hrs, arriving in Abuja at 1540hrs. The return flight, EK 786 will take off from Abuja at 1900, arriving in Dubai at 0435hrs the next day.

“Emirates flight EK 783 to Lagos will depart Dubai at 1030hrs, arriving in Lagos at 1540hrs. The return flight EK 784 will depart Lagos at 1810hrs, arriving in Dubai at 0415hrs the next day. All flights can be booked on, with OTAs and via travel agents.”

The fight between the FG and the UAE began when UAE directed Nigerian travelers at the Lagos and Abuja airports to conduct a Rapid Antigen Test which was opposed by the FG.

The FG also retaliated by banning Emirates from operating in Nigeria since February 2021.

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