Friday, 18 September 2020

FG meets EU envoys over flight ban


The Federal Government and the European Union met on Friday to discuss international flight restrictions placed on some European airlines.
The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, who made this known, said the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 sub-committee met with EU Ambassadors today and “the meeting progressed well.”

The EU had excluded Nigeria from the list of countries allowed into Europe when it reopened its borders after the lockdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The FG had reciprocated and banned EU airlines including Lufthansa, Air France and KLM from operating into the country when it reopened Nigeria’s airspace on September 5. Giving an update on the development on Friday, the minister added that the FG has also included Emirates Airlines in the list of airlines not approved to operate flights into the country effective Monday.

“The PTF sub committee met today with EU Ambassadors to discuss Lufthansa, Air France/KLM ban. The meeting progressed well. Emirates Airlines’ situation was reviewed and they are consequently included in the list of those not approved, with effect from Monday the 21st Sept. 2020,” Sirika tweeted.

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