NIGERIAN Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has withdrawn the Ministerial approval granted to Emirates Airlines’ for their winter schedule reducing the airline’s frequency into Abuja to once weekly.
A letter dated December 9th, 2021, with reference number NCAA/DG/AIR/11/16/329, and addressed to the Country Manager, Emirates Airlines, Nigeria, the NCAA affirmed that the withdrawal becomes effective on Sunday 12 December, 2021 at 2300h.
The letter, signed by the NCAA Director General, Capt Musa Nuhu, and issued on Thursday,in part read: “I wish to inform you of the withdrawal of the approval granted to Emirates Airlines Winter schedule.This approval was conveyed via a letter with reference number: FMA/ATMD/501/C.104/XV/536 dated 1st December 2021. This withdrawal becomes effective on Sunday 12th December, 2021 at 2300z.
“Please kindly note, henceforth, Emirates Airlines is granted approval to operate only one weekly passenger frequency to Abuja on Thursdays.”
Nigeria and the United Arab Emirates just mended their diplomatic row, that lasted through out the COVID-19 period which saw various withdrawals of services from either country due to the rapid PCR tests.
Recall, Emirates December 6, touched down in both Abuja and Lagos, marking the restart of daily services to Nigeria from Dubai.