As the Covid19 controversy between Nigeria and UAE deepens, Emirates Airline has informed its partners that the February 28th date of reopening Flights will not be Feasible.
As instructed by the UAE authorities, the uplift of passengers on Emirates from Nigeria (LOS & ABV) to Dubai is temporarily suspended up to and including the 10th March 2021.
Affected services are, EK784 LOS-DXB and EK786 ABV-DXB.
* Note also that passengers who have been to or connected through Nigeria in the last 14 days are not allowed to enter the UAE (whether terminating or connecting onwards) *
“Flights from Dubai to Nigeria (EK783 DXB-LOS & EK785 DXB-ABV) are not affected by this suspension and these flights will continue to operate as per the published schedule.
“The operational status of EK services from Nigeria after the 10th March 2021 is under review & further updates will be published in due course.
“For passengers affected kindly apply re-booking options provided in our COVID-19 waiver policy previously communicated.
Since the ban of Emirates from UK and other countries over new strain of Covid19 virus imported from Dubai the UAE authorities have hardened its protocols for visitors to Dubai.
Subsequently it applied new rules to Nigerian travellers to Dubai. The new rules by Dubai Airports banned flights from any other point to Dubai from Nigeria.
They insisted only on direct flights from Nigeria and this Favours only Emirates effectively banning other airlines from the very busy route.
This was resisted by the Nigerian Government by insisting that the carrier suspended it Rapid Antigen Test, which the airline said it was a prerequisite for granting other airlines access into Dubai.
The Nigerian Government had frowned at the targeting of only Nigerians for this test and subsequently suspended the carrier from flying into Nigeria.
The suspension was later lifted following instructions from the United Arab Emirates government that the airline suspend the Rapid Antigen Test pending when the Nigerian government would have put infrastructure in place to meet the airlines request.