The United Arab Emirates [UAE] and the Nigerian Government have sorted out the misconception and lifted the travel restrictions existing between the two countries, according to a statement by Captain Musa Nuhu, Director-General of Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority [NCAA].
This is coming after both countries signed a new agreement.
Both countries’ airlines can now resume operations based on the terms of the conditions of the Bilateral Air Services Agreement [NASA] that has been signed.
The statement reads in part:
“Following the review and acceptance of the ‘Safety Decision 2021-02 issue 24’ as released by United Arab Emirates (UAE) General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) and the Federal Government, the Honourable Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika has approved the reinstatement of Emirates Airlines Winter Schedule with immediate effect. All parties have been informed accordingly.
“Consequently, Air peace and Emirates Airlines are at 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”.
“We wish to reassure the travelling public that the Federal Government would continue to ensure the provision of air services while protecting national’s interests at all times.”
There has been a running battle between the two countries over sloths requested at the Sharjah Airport in UAE by Air Peace, which led to the Nigerian government stepping into the fray.