The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, has slammed a 72-hour suspension on the Emirates Airlines’ outbound flights for violating COVID-19 regulations in the country.
It was gathered that the airline was accused of airlifting passengers from Nigeria, using rapid antigen tests done at laboratories which are not approved by the Presidential Task Force, PTF, on COVID-19.
According to a circular issued on February 4, the NCAA said the suspension followed a breach of guidelines placed by the PTF.
The circular read: “Based on the foregoing and to enable the Nigerian government to put in place the needed infrastructure and logistics for COVID-19 RDT testing for departing passengers, the PTF has directed that Emirates Airlines should either accept passengers without RDT pending when the infrastructure and logistics are put in place or suspend its flights to and from Nigeria until such a time when the required infrastructure and logistics are fully established and implemented.
“Emirates Airlines has not been in compliance with the two options given by the PTF as records obtained from Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) indicate that Emirates Airlines operated the flights from both Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos and Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja.”