Nigeria bans Emirates Airlines

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has suspended outbound flights of Emirates Airlines from Nigeria for 72 hours.

This directive was given by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 as contained in a circular issued on February 4.

The suspension, PTF says, followed a violation of coronavirus guidelines.

The airline was accused of airlifting passengers from Nigeria who used rapid antigen tests done at laboratories not approved by regulatory bodies.

“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 circular reads, “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 Muhammed International Airport, Lagos and Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.”

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