Dubai-based Emirates Airline has been given clearance to resume flight operations to Nigeria.
The Federal Government on Friday announced it has lifted the ban imposed on the airline.
Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, said the ban was lifted after “painstaking negotiations” with the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Emirate’s home country.
Nigeria had barred Emirates flights over discriminatory policy on Nigerians with regard to COVID-19 protocols by the UAE.
Briefing journalists late Friday, Sirika said UAE has removed the restrictions without conditions, hence Nigeria reciprocated the gesture by lifting the ban on Emirates.
The Minister assured that the relationship between Nigeria and UAE remains strong.
“Today, we received communication from UAE removing some of the conditions of travel of which we had concerns about. Having done so, we feel we should lift the ban on the suspension of Emirates,” he said.
Sirika said from Friday, all the impediments placed against the airline had been lifted.
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyema, who also spoke at the briefing noted that the Nigerian Government recognises that the UAE has a responsibility to protect the lives of her citizens thus whatever measures that they had taken was for the interest of her citizens.
He said the negotiation was balanced and it was a win-win for both countries.