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FG suspends Emirates over failure to comply with PTF COVID19 guidelines

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The Federal Government has placed a 72-hour suspension on outbound Emirates flights from Nigeria.

A circular signed by Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) director-general, Musa Nuhu, stated that the airline has been airlifting passengers from Nigeria using rapid antigen tests conducted by laboratories not approved by regulatory authorities.

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“Based on the foregoing and to enable the Nigerian government to put in place the needed infrastructure and logistics for COVID-19 RDT testing for departing passengers, the PTF has directed that Emirates Airlines should either accept passengers without RDT pending when the infrastructure and logistics are put in place or suspend its flights to and from Nigeria until such a time when the required infrastructure and logistics are fully established and implemented,” the circular read.

“Emirates Airlines has not been in compliance with the two options given by the PTF as records obtained from Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) indicates that Emirates Airlines operated the flights from both Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos and Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja.”

NCAA said the suspension followed a violation of guidelines placed by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.

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