Nigeria lifts flight ban on UAE airline

An Airbus SE A380-800 aircraft, operated by Emirates, taxis at Dubai International Airport in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on Monday, March 23, 2020. Dubai-based Emirates, the largest long-haul airline, and neighbor Etihad of Abu Dhabi will stop flying passengers for two weeks from Wednesday because of local restrictions. Photographer: Christopher Pike/Bloomberg via Getty Images
An Airbus SE A380-800 aircraft, operated by Emirates, taxis at Dubai International Airport in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on Monday, March 23, 2020. Photographer: Christopher Pike/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Nigeria announced Saturday the lifting of a flight ban on the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Emirates Airlines.

According to a statement by the Nigerian Aviation Minister Hadi Hadi Sirika, the decision to remove the ban came after talks between the government of the two countries

He said the ban was unconditional and noted the reversal would be effective Saturday.

The UAE has further lifted all travel restrictions imposed on Nigerian citizens.

Nigeria put into effect the flight ban on Emirates Airlines on grounds that it admitted passengers without a PCR test in March.

The UAE then implemented travel restrictions on passengers entering from Nigeria.