UAE Government Bars All Airlines From Transporting Nigerians To Dubai

UAE Government Bars All Airlines From Transporting Nigerians To Dubai 4

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has barred airlines from conveying Nigerian passengers to the country as the diplomatic row between the two nations deepens.

Nigerians travelling to Dubai have mostly been using other airlines for their trips since the drama with Emirates Airline started months ago.

Among these airlines are Egypt Air, Air France, KLM, Ethiopian Airlines, Rwanda Air, Etihad.

But on Monday, many Nigerian passengers who boarded Ethiopian Airlines heading for Dubai were sent off the plane, Daily Trust reports.

This happened hours after the restrictions imposed on Emirates by the Federal Government took effect.

The Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) had withdrawn the winter schedule earlier approved for Emirates to operate 21 weekly flights to Nigeria.

The government instead gave Emirates one weekly slot in Abuja, the nation’s capital, in a tit-for-tat measure after the Sharjah Airport Authorities reportedly denied Air Peace the three slots it requested.

Following the development, Emirates had suspended all its flights to Nigeria pending the resolution of the issues between Nigeria and the UAE.

But things worsened after Dubai-bound passengers using other airlines were reportedly barred.

A source said the de-boarding of Nigerian passengers was on the order of the UAE authorities.

“UAE says no entry for Nigerian passengers from any airline. Ethiopian just offloaded all passengers heading to Dubai. We are voiding Dubai bound tickets,” the source said.

There has been no official communication from the UAE authorities on the latest development.

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