United Arab Emirates (UAE) government has announced the suspension of airlifting of Nigerians to Dubai as part of measures to curb the spread of COVID-19.
Air Peace, one of Nigeria’s biggest airline, announced the decision of the UAE authorities to its passengers on Thursday.
Air Peace, which operates to Sharjah-Dubai, apologised for the flight disruptions
“The Management of Air Peace wishes to notify the flying public that the UAE Government has stopped the airlifting of Nigerians from Nigeria to UAE as part of its COVID-19 measures.
“However, flights bringing Nigerians back from UAE are not affected. To this end, Air Peace flight from UAE (Sharjah-Dubai) to Lagos is not affected. Normal flights shall resume when the restriction is lifted from February 28, 2021,” Air Peace said in its communication.”
Naija News reports that countries across the world have used flight restriction as one of the measures to check the spread of COVID-19.
There are over 106 million confirmed COVID-19 cases across the world out of which 2.3 million deaths have been recorded.
Recall that Emirates Airlines had on Wednesday announced the suspension of flights from Nigeria to Dubai for two weeks, until February 28, 2021.
In a statement, the airline warned that travellers from both Abuja and Lagos would not be accepted for travel prior to the date.
The statement read, “In line with government directives, passenger services from Nigeria (Lagos and Abuja) to Dubai are temporarily suspended until February 28 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).”