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FG EXPLAINS WHY FLIGHTS TO UAE YET TO RESUME

The Federal Government has explained why it has not resumed flight to the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Aviation Minister senator Hadi Sirika gave the explanation during the briefing by the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 yesterday.

He said Nigerian flights had not resumed to UAE because of the discriminatory protocol the Gulf country introduced.

The minister said the protocol appeared to be targeted at only Nigerians, adding that it was not backed up by scientific reasons.

Senator Sirika also said Dubai was insistent that all passengers intending to visit the country must use Emirates airline or spend two weeks in the alternative carrier’s country before entering Dubai.

He said, Emirates in particular and other airlines, including KLM, gave some conditions that were not acceptable to Nigeria because they do not make scientific sense.

The minister noted that After a review, some of the airlines, especially KLM, saw sense with what Nigeria presented, which is to do the test 48 to 72 hours before you leave and do another test on arrival.

He said Emirates on the other hand, at that time, wanted Nigeria to do the test 48 hours before boarding adding that 48 hours is not yet the incubation time.

He said Dubai Also expected Nigerians to do a rapid test at the airport and then fly seven hours later and still do another test in Dubai and then another at your hotel or accommodation.

The minister however said talks were being held to resolve the matter.

ZARAH MANTU MUHAMMED

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