The Federal Government has restored the 21-weekly passenger flight schedule of Emirates Airline to Nigeria.
The decision was made known in a letter dated December 21, signed by Musa Nuhu, director-general of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) and addressed to the country manager, Emirates Airlines, Nigeria.
Originally, the flight schedule consisted of 21 weekly passenger flights to Nigeria, comprising two daily flights to Lagos airport and one daily flight to Abuja airport.
It was, however, cut down by the Federal Government on 9 December from daily flights to a flight of just once per week into Abuja following the decision by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to grant Air Peace equal rights to Sharjah international airport.
However, following the resolution of the diplomatic row between Nigeria and the UAE, as well the granting of seven slots to Air Peace by the UAE authorities at both the Dubai and Sharjah airports., the Federal Government said it is reinstating the flight schedule of Emirates, which is one of the carriers of the UAE.
The statement read: “Following further consultations with various stakeholders and the letter from Dubai CAA with reference number DCAA/JASA/N-3/016 dated 17″ December 2021 offering Air Peace Airlines daily slots at Dubai Airports (DXB), I wish to inform you the reinstatement of the Ministerial approval of Emirates Airlines Winter Schedule.
“This approval is predicated on compliance with the Dubai Travel Protocol as released by Dubai Auports on Friday 26th November 2021 as it affects passengers traveling from Nigeria to UAE.”