By Menkiti Onyebuchi Bernie, Editor

Emirates Airline announced a suspension of flights to and from Nigeria from June 21, 2021. According to the airline authorities, there would be an immediate suspension of flights to Nigeria.

The official statement issued stated thus, “in line with government directives, passenger flights to and from Nigeria (Lagos and Abuja) are suspended with effect from 21 June 2021 until further notice, ”

The information on the website of the airline indicated that ” customers traveling to and from Lagos and Abuja will not be accepted for travel. Customers who have been to or connected through Nigeria in the last 14 days are not permitted to board from any other point to the UAE.”

Recently, on 19 June 2021, the Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management in Dubai announced easing off travel rules for inbound passengers arriving from specific countries of the world such as India, South Africa, and Nigeria.

On its website, the airline wrote, ‘we regret the inconvenience caused, and affected customers should contact their booking agent or Emirates call center for rebooking. Emirates remains committed to Nigeria, and we look forward to resuming passenger services when conditions allow.”

Emirate’s Airline sudden change from its initial 19 June 2021 position, days after the Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management in Dubai reversed an earlier suspension is yet to be ascertained.