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Tit For Tat: Nigeria Bans European Union Airlines



In a retaliatory move, the federal government of Nigeria has banned airlines from the European Union from flying into the when international flights resume from 29 August, 2020.


Speaking on Thursday in Abuja, the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, said Nigeria’s position was necessitated by the ban placed by some EU countries on flights from Nigeria.


It will be recalled that the European Union had, on 1 July, 2020, banned travellers and tourists from 54 countries including Nigeria. They cited the COVID-19 pandemic as the reason.


According to the Nigerian government, only airlines from countries that allow flights from Nigeria will be allowed to fly into and out of Nigeria.


Several airlines from the European Union operate passenger flights to Nigeria including Lufthansa, Air France, and KLM, all of which will be affected by the ban.


Nigeria will open its international airspace from 29, August, 2020, beginning with Lagos and Abuja airports. The country, had on 8 August, opened its airports for domestic operations.


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