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Emirates Airlines which got its suspension upturned by the Federal Government of Nigeria over issues relating to COVID-19 test few hours after it fell under government’s hammer has cancelled today’s flights to Lagos and Abuja.
The airline in a notice to its trade partners said, “We wish to inform you that LOS-DXB (EK784) and ABV-DXB (EK786) flights scheduled for Saturday 06 February 2021 that have been cancelled due to operational reasons. DXB-LOS (EK783) and DXB-ABV (EK785) will however operate to bring incoming passengers”.
“For passengers affected kindly apply re-booking options provided in our COVID-19 waiver policy previously communicated. We hope to revert to you as soon as possible, regarding the status of our future flights.
“As always, we thank you for your continued support. If you require any further assistance please contact us”.
The airline was embroiled in a spat with Nigeria over the method it adopted for testing that many saw as fraught with many problems.
The United Arab Emirates has withdrawn the requirements for Rapid Antigen Testing (RDT) prior to departure of Emirates flights from Nigeria with immediate effect until such a time that the required infrastructure is made available by the Nigerian government.
This came few hours after the Federal Government in a show of strength barred Emirates from operating to Nigeria.
For what it described violations of its directives on testing of departing passengers, the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) suspended Emirates from operating flights to Nigeria (Lagos and Abuja) effective 72 hours from Thursday midnight for violating COVID-19 directives and protocol issued by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 (PTF).