The Abu Dhabi based airline Emirates has relaunched its flight services in and outside of Nigeria.
The airline suspended its services to Nigeria in February 2021, after its operations were halted by the Federal Government following the demand of COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test (RDT), four hours before their flight, for travellers from Nigeria as required in the United Arab Emirates COVID-19 protocol.
Emirates Resumes Flight
On Wednesday, the airline stated that it is ready to resume its services to and from Nigeria, following an agreement with the Federal Government on creating certified laboratories in Lagos and Abuja that could conduct COVID-19 test for passengers travelling with the Emirates.
The airline stated that “The UAE government continues to advance its dialogue with the Nigerian authorities, and the latest discussions signal great optimism for a positive way forward.”
The statement continued, “Emirates is keen to restart services to and from Nigeria, and are working closely with designated laboratories in Nigeria to provide the required tests and hopes to be able to get all laboratories ready for implementation very soon.”
It added that they are committed to providing connectivity with their Nigerian customers and are willing to meet growing travel demand in and out of their two Nigerian gateways (Lagos and Abuja).