The Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, Mr. Festus Keyamo, has suggested that airlines from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) may resume flight operations to Nigeria in June.

Festus Keyamo
Festus Keyamo

Keyamo revealed this during an interview on the Morning Show, a program on Arise TV. He stated that he had received a letter from Emirates Airlines confirming that all outstanding issues between the airline and Nigeria had been resolved.

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He explained, “Emirates flight resumption is almost certain. I have just received a letter from Emirates, which is on my phone now. They have completed all necessary procedures and are ready to resume operations. They will announce the specific date because restarting a route requires arranging an aircraft for that route.”

Keyamo further added, “I am informing Nigerians for the first time that I have just received a letter from Emirates. I have the hard copy with me, expressing gratitude for all the efforts we made.

President Buhari played a significant role in this. He facilitated the process by engaging in diplomatic negotiations to resolve all outstanding issues.

That’s why I said the previous announcement was premature but not false news. Emirates will announce the date for their next flight soon. We have received confirmation that all issues have been resolved and they are ready to resume operations. This might happen before June.”

In October 2022, the UAE imposed a ban on nationals from approximately 20 African countries, including Nigeria. This ban led to a diplomatic dispute between the UAE and Nigeria over flight allocations and travel restrictions.