The Federal Government has lifted the ban it placed on Emirates Airline from flying into Nigeria without conditions.

The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, disclosed this on Saturday in Abuja in a statement by James Odaudu, Director Public Affairs in the Ministry of Aviation.

It would be recalled that the FG had barred Emirates from flying into Nigeria over discriminatory policies on Nigerians as regards to COVID-19 protocols by the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

According to Sirika, the move came in response to the yearnings of Nigerian travelers and after painstaking negotiations with the UAE, the Emirates Airlines home country.

The minister further said that the UAE had also removed all travel restrictions on Nigerians.

“We have received communication from UAE removing some of the conditions of travel of which we had concerns about. Having done so, we feel we should lift the ban on the suspension of Emirates Airline.

“All the impediments on Emirates have been lifted and that the airline can now operate in Nigeria,” he said.

Also speaking, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyema, noted that Nigeria recognised that UAE had a responsibility to protect the lives of her citizens.

He added that whatever measures the UAE had taken was for the best interest of her citizens.