COVID-19: FG Bans UAE Inbound, Outbound Flights

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The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 on Monday announced that it will ban the United Arab Emirates, UAE airlines from inbound and outbound flights, following the continuous refusal of Emirate airlines to fly out passengers from Nigeria, the ban is expected to take effect from midnight on Wednesday.

Emirate and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines had in the past few weeks flown passengers into Nigeria but refused to fly passengers out due to the new guidelines it introduced as part of measures to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Hadi Sirika, the Minister of Aviation, while speaking during the weekly briefing by the PTF on Monday, described the actions of the airline as discriminatory and devoid of scientific reasons.

He however noted that KLM has rescinded its decision on the guidelines for intending international passengers.

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