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UAE extends ban on flights from Nigeria

The UAE has announced the extension of its ban on international flights from Nigerian till March 20, 2021.

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The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has announced the extension of its ban on international flights from Nigerian till March 20, 2021.

This is seen as part of the measure from the UAE to curb the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic in the country.

According to a report from the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the disclosure, which is contained in a statement issued by the public relations firm for Emirates, said customers from both Abuja and Lagos would not be accepted for travel prior to or including this date.

READ: Outrage as RwandAir dumps luggage belonging to Nigerians in Dubai 

The statement from the firm on behalf of UAE said, “In line with government directives, passenger services from Nigeria (Lagos and Abuja) to Dubai are temporarily suspended until 20 March 2021.

“Customers from both Abuja and Lagos will not be accepted for travel prior to or including this date. Passengers who have been to or connected through Nigeria in the last 14 days are not allowed entry into the UAE (whether terminating in or connecting through Dubai).”

While noting that Emirates flights from Dubai to Lagos and Abuja will continue as scheduled, the statement, however, restated the commitment of UAE to resume passenger services to Dubai when conditions allow.

READ: Covid-19 protocol: FG may suspend flights from UAE, the Netherlands

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What you should know

  • It can be recalled that last month, the UAE suspended the airlifting of passengers from Nigeria to Dubai but stated that airlines can airlift passengers from Dubai to Nigeria as part of its Covid-19 measures.
  • The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority had on February 5 barred the carrier from Nigeria, due to non-compliance with Covid-19 protocols as well as the introduction of rapid antigen test as a requirement for Dubai travelers against the Nigerian government’s negative PCR requirements.
  • This has degenerated into a situation with the UAE banning Nigeria flights for several weeks on end.

Chike Olisah is a graduate of accountancy with over 15 years working experience in the financial service sector. He has worked in research and marketing departments of three top commercial banks. Chike is a senior member of the Nairametrics Editorial Team. You may contact him via his email- [email protected]

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    FG discusses nation’s carrier, Nigeria Air with US Ambassador

    The FG has held a discussion with the US government over the establishment of a national carrier for Nigeria.

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    The federal government has held a discussion with the government of the United States of America over the establishment of a national carrier for Nigeria.

    This was disclosed by the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika via his Twitter handle after he held a discussion with the Ambassador at the United States Embassy in Abuja.

    He tweeted, “We took the opportunity to discuss investments and opportunities in the aviation sector, including national carrier. The partnership looks promising. USA is the only country we have open skies with. Thanks, Ambassador Mary and the team.”

    What you should know

    In July 2018, the Federal Government unveiled the branding and livery for the new airline, Nigeria Air, and stated that the carrier would be inaugurated at the end of that year.

    Sirika unveiled the carrier at a press conference during the Farnborough Air Show in London that year.

    “I am very pleased to tell you that we are finally on track to launching a new national flag carrier for our country, Nigeria Air. We are all fully committed to fulfilling the campaign promise made by our President, Muhammadu Buhari, in 2015. We are aiming to launch Nigeria Air by the end of this year,” the minister had said.

    He also stated that the government had obtained the Certificate of Compliance from the Nigerian Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission and would go into investor search.

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    FG says private investors to invest about N102.75 billion on national carrier

    The Federal Government has said that some private investors are going to raise about N102.75 billion ($250 million) for the take-off of the proposed national carrier for Nigeria.

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    The Federal Government has said that some private investors are going to raise about N102.75 billion ($250 million) for the take-off of the proposed national carrier for Nigeria.

    This is coming after the initial failed attempt almost 3 years ago to launch the proposed national carrier for the country.

    According to a report from Punch, the disclosure is contained in a document on the updated status of the government’s aviation roadmap at the Federal Ministry of Aviation, Abuja on Wednesday.

    The Aviation Ministry stated in the document that the project development stage for the national carrier has been completed and as such, the procurement stage is the next step to be taken.

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    The statement from the document says, “The next set of steps will involve the commencement of procurement phase by placing an advert for a request for qualification in the national dailies and the foreign media.

    $250 million approximately is to be raised to start up the airline by private investors.

    According to the aviation roadmap which is contained in the document, the Federal Government explained that the establishment of a national carrier would enable Nigeria to gain optimal benefits from Bilateral Air Service Agreements (BASA), take full advantage of the Single African Air Transport Market and introduce competition.

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    It states, “The national carrier project will be private sector-driven, with the government holding not more than five per cent of the shares.

    The private sector consortium may comprise reputable international airlines (such as Qantas), leasing companies, aircraft manufacturers (OEMs), financial and institutional investors.

    The government said it was providing the required support by creating the enabling environment in terms of sustainable policies, allocation of BASA routes, provision of financial guarantees and ensuring fiscal incentives to sustain the success of the airline.

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    What you should know

    It can be recalled that in July 2018, the Minister for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, at the Farnborough Air Show in London, unveiled the proposed new national carrier called Nigeria Air and stated that it would be inaugurated by the end of 2018.

    This generated a lot of controversies as many Nigerians questioned the use of public funds to set up a private business and had doubts over the ability of the government to manage the airline after the liquidation of government-owned Nigeria Airways.

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    The Federal Government in 2018, announced the immediate suspension of its widely publicised national carrier due to the alleged non-approval of the airline by the Economic Management Team (EMT) when it launched.

    The EMT was also reported to have recommended that public funds should not be used to set up the national carrier.

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