FG lift suspend order Emirates Airlines

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The Federal Government of Nigeria through the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has lifted the suspended order place on Emirates Airlines after much discussion late yesrday eveingb

The suspension placed a 72-hour suspension on outbound Emirates flights from Nigeria

A February 4, 2021, circular signed by NCAA Director-General, Musa Nuhu, accused Emirates Airlines of violating guidelines put in place by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19.

The authority further accused the airline of airlifting passengers from Nigeria using rapid antigen tests conducted by laboratories not approved by regulatory authorities.

“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 Mohammed International Airport, Lagos and Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja” the circular read.

“Emirates should suspend its operations to Nigeria (Lagos and Abuja) effective 72 hours from midnight on Thursday, February 4, 2021.

“During the 72-hour leeway, Emirates Airlines is only authorised to bring passengers into Nigeria. Outbound passengers are not authorised.”

The NCAA stated that more sanctions would be imposed on Emirates Airlines for the violations of COVID-19 protocols.

It added that the airline would be informed as to when to resume operations.

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