In Retaliatory Move, UAE Stops International Airlines from Flying Nigerian Passengers to Dubai
International carriers flying into Nigeria have confirmed that they are not allowed to transport Nigerians to Dubai due to a directive from the United Arab Emirates.
Despite the fact that this is not unrelated to the diplomatic standoff between Nigeria and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the UAE claims that more Nigerians have tested positive for COVID-19.
Ethiopian Airlines, Turkish Airlines, and other airlines that fly Nigerians to Dubai via their operational hubs have started rejecting Nigerian passengers.
According to a representative from one of the airlines, the airline will not transport Nigerians bound for the UAE.
According to reports, the airlines claimed that they had been told not to fly Nigerian passport holders to Dubai.
“No entry for Nigerian passengers from any airline, according to the UAE.” Ethiopian Airlines has just completed the offloading of all passengers bound for Dubai. “We’re canceling all Dubai-bound tickets,” an Abuja airport source confirmed.
“Due to an increasing number of COVID-19 positive passengers at destination, it has been decided to suspend accepting passengers to UAE from Nigeria, Congo DRC (FIH) only,” according to a directive from one of the airlines. This takes effect today, December 13th, 2021.”
“Today they have to offload Dubai passengers,” a source close to Ethiopian Airlines confirmed to THISDAY. As a result, no airline wants to fly Nigerians to Dubai. According to them, Nigerians are testing positive for COVID-19, which is why some airlines refuse to transport them. It’s exactly the same as the last time.”
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In response to the UAE allocating only one flight a week to Air Peace, a Nigerian carrier, the Federal Government last Thursday suspended Emirates’ 20 weekly frequencies, leaving the airline with only one flight to Abuja.
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