Nigerian authorities have reinstated Emirates Airline’s daily schedule to Nigeria.
This was contained in a letter signed by Musa Nuhu, director general, Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, (NCAA) and addressed to the country manager, Emirates Airlines.
Nuhu stated that “following the further consultations with various stakeholders and the letter from Dubai CAA with reference number DCAA/ASA/N-3/016 dated 17th December, 2021 offering Air Peace Airlines daily slots to Dubai airports, I wish to inform you the re-instatement of the ministerial approval of Emirates Airlines Winter Schedule.”
He noted that the approval was based on compliance with the Dubai Travel Protocol as released by Dubai airports on Friday 26th November 2021 as it affects travellers travelling from Nigeria to UAE.
It would be recalled that Nigeria’s Minister for Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, and Musa Nuhu, the Director-General of Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), had restricted Emirates to just one weekly flight to Abuja after discussions broke down over restriction of Nigerian flag carrier Air Peace to just one flight to Sharjah by UAE.
In response, Emirates withdrew flight services to Nigeria in what led to a diplomatic row between the two countries.