Dubai: Emirates airline said its flights to and from Nigeria will remain suspended until August 20.
Customers who have been to or connected through Nigeria in the last 14 days will not be permitted on any Emirates flights bound for Dubai, said Emirates on its website. “Affected flight bookings have been cancelled.”
“If your flight has been cancelled or impacted by route suspensions due to COVID‑19 restrictions, you don’t need to call us immediately for rebooking - you can simply hold on to your Emirates ticket and when flights resume, get in touch with your booking office or us to make new travel plans,” said the airline.
Flights were expected to resume today after UAE said residents from Nigeria, Uganda and a few other countries could re-enter, provided they met certain conditions.
Emirates said its contact centres were “experiencing a greater volume of calls than anticipated.”
Meanwhile, Dubai’s flagship carrier is ramping up flights to other destinations in Africa. The carrier has increased flights to Johannesburg from daily to 11 weekly flights, with the addition of four linked flights with Durban; the airline also flies to and from Cape Town with three weekly services.
Emirates has also reinstated capacity on its flights to and from Lusaka (linked with Harare) and Entebbe with five weekly flights each.