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Federal Government Revokes Suspension Placed On Emirates Airlines


The Federal government has revoked the suspension order place on Emirates airlines from operating into and out of the country this was Based on an undertaking by the authorities of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

According to the Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, said the commencement of the airline’s operations would however depend on the visa issuance by the UAE, this was disclosed in a press statement signed by James Odaudu, Director, Public Affairs, Ministry of Aviation in Abuja.

UAE has written to state that they agree to issue visas to Nigerians, consequently the decision has been reached to allow Emirates to fly into Nigeria.

Commencement of the Visa issuance is condition precedent. Please bear with this unusual situation”, the Minister said.

He appreciated the understanding of everyone who have been negatively affected by the recent policy decisions which forbade some airlines from operating into the country when Nigeria reopened its air space to international flights.

The decisions, he said, were taken to protect the interests of the nation and its citizens who deserve to be treated with respect and dignity, the same way Nigeria treats other nationals. It will be recalled that Emirates Airlines was initially given approval to operate into the country, an approval which was withdrawn following the inability of Nigerians to obtain/use valid tourist visas to enter the UAE.

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