Emirates Airline has announced that it would resume flight operations in and out of Nigerian on 5 December.
Emirates, which is the flag carrier of the United Arab Emirates, made this known in a statement issued on Thursday.
According to the airline, it will fly to Abuja with EK 785 and 786, leaving Dubai at 1100hrs, arriving in Abuja at 1540hrs 0n 5 December. The return flight, EK 786 will take off from Abuja at 1900, arriving in Dubai at 0435hrs the next day.
The airline said travellers coming from Nigeria must hold a negative COVID-19 PCR certificate for a test taken no more than 72 hours before departure.
It added that passengers departing Nigeria must obtain the certificates from one of the designated centres provided by the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
“The world’s largest international airline will operate to and from its Nigerian gateways with daily flights, providing travellers from Nigeria convenient access to Dubai, which remains a highly popular holiday and business destination.
“It’ll also enable travellers to safely connect via Dubai to the Emirates network of over 120 global destinations.
“Travellers coming from Nigeria will also need to take another Covid-19 PCR test on arrival at Dubai International Airport.
“Ensuring the safety of travellers, visitors, and the community, Covid-19 PCR tests are mandatory for all inbound passengers arriving to Dubai, including UAE citizens, residents and tourists, irrespective of the country they are coming from.”the statement read.
The Federal Government had last Friday lifted restrictions on Emirates flights almost 10 months after the diplomatic discussions around COVID-19 travel requirements for Nigerian passengers.