The Emirates Airline, flag carrier of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has extended the resumption date of flights to and from Nigeria till October 10 due to the diplomatic row between Nigeria and the UAE.

This was disclosed by the airline via a notice posted on its website.

What Emirates is saying

It stated, “Emirates’ flights to and from Nigeria will remain suspended until 10th October 2021.

“Customers who have been to or connected through Nigeria in the last 14 days will not be permitted on any Emirates flights bound for Dubai. Affected flight bookings have been cancelled.

“If your flight has been cancelled or impacted by route suspensions due to COVID‑19 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.

“Emirates regrets any inconvenience caused.”

What you should know

Nairametrics had reported when Emirates suspended flight operations into Nigeria after the federal government stopped the airline from conducting rapid COVID-19 test for Nigerian travellers at the Lagos and Abuja airports before departure.

Later, the federal government reversed the ban when the airline agreed to stop the rapid antigen tests.

In a twist in March, the federal government reintroduced the ban, explaining that Emirates continued to conduct tests for passengers before departure from Nigeria.