Dubai-based flagship carrier, Emirates has on Sunday announced the extension of suspension of Nigeria flights from Lagos State and Abuja airports to Dubai until September 5.
Earlier, the airline had announced in a travel advisory on its website that it would suspend flights from Nigeria to Dubai till August 28 highlighting that the extension was in line with government directives that restrict the entry of travellers originating from Nigeria into the UAE.
Explaining that affected flight bookings have been cancelled, Emirates said passengers who have been to or connected through Nigeria in the last 14 days will not be allowed to any Emirates flights bound for Dubai.
“Passengers who have been to or connected through Nigeria in the last 14 days will not be permitted on any of its flights bound for Dubai.”
“If your flight has been cancelled or impacted by route suspensions due to Covid19 restrictions, you don’t need to call us immediately for rebooking. You can simply hold on to your Emirates ticket and when flights resume, get in touch with your booking office or us to make new travel plans,” the airline said.
Travellers have been urged to continue monitoring the airline’s official website for updates and flight availability.
Since March, scheduled flights between Nigeria and the UAE have been stopped following diplomatic row over COVID-19 protocol as the UAE authorities had instructed Nigerian travellers at the Lagos and Abuja airports to take another PCR test on arrival in Dubai.
By Joyce Mukucha