The Federal Government of Nigeria has barred Emirates Airlines from operating in the country.
FG in August said it will implement the principle of reciprocity in granting permission to airlines to resume operations following the resumption of international flights in the country.
The ban on the airline which will come into effect on Monday 21 September 2020 was disclosed by the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika.
On the other hand the European Union (EU) is asking the Nigerian government to reverse the restrictions placed on KLM, Lufthansa, and Air France.
He made this known in tweet late Friday evening. The minister wrote, “the PTF sub-committee met today with EU Ambassadors to discuss Lufthansa, Air France/KLM ban. The meeting progressed well. Emirates Airlines’ situation was reviewed and they are consequently included in the list of those not approved, with effect from Monday, September 21, 2020.”
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Before the resumption of international flights in the country, the Federal Government had announced that Air France, KLM, Etihad, RwandAir, Air Namibia, Royal Air Maroc, Lufthansa, TAAG Angola Airlines Cabo Verde and South African airlines were not granted approval to commence flight operations,
Airlines granted operation approval to resume operations in the country following the resumption of international flights include Middle East Airline, British Airways, Delta, Qatar, Ethiopian Airlines, Emirates Airlines, Air Peace, Virgin Atlantic, Asky Airlines, Africa World Airways, Air Cote D’ Ivoire, Kenya Airways, EgyptAir, Turkish Airlines.
Airlines permitted to use Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos include EgyptAir, Virgin Atlantic, Turkish Airlines, Africa World Airways, Kenya Airways, and Middle East Airlines.
Airlines permitted to use Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja include British Airways, Emirates, Ethiopian Airlines, Africa World Airways, and Middle East Airlines