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Tit for Tat: UAE bans international airlines from flying Nigerian passengers to Dubai

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Authorities of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have directed international carriers operating into Nigeria to stop airlifting Nigerian passengers to Dubai, a move that analysts believe is a fallout of a recent decision of the Federal Government’s reduction of Emirates’ 20 frequencies a week to only one flight to Abuja.

Even though the reason for this latest move by the UAE authorities is very clear, the Arab country however claimed that the recent spike in the cases of Covid-19 infections in Nigeria was responsible for their actions.

An official of Ethiopian Airlines claimed they received a directive not to airlift Nigerian passengers whose final destination of UAE.

A source close to Ethiopian Airlines confirmed to Fedredsnews that “they have to offload Dubai passengers. So no airline wants to carry Nigerian passengers to Dubai. They said Nigerians are testing positive to COVID-19; that is why some airlines are not carrying them. It is just like they did the last time.”

”UAE says no entry for Nigerian passengers from any airline. Ethiopian just offloaded all passengers heading to Dubai. We are voiding Dubai bound tickets,” a source at Abuja airport confirmed.

A directive from one of the airlines stated, “Due to an increasing number of COVID-19 positive passengers at destination, it is decided to suspend accepting passengers to UAE from Nigeria, Congo DRC (FIH) only. This is effective today, 13th December, 2021.”

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