At Last, FG Approves 21 Weekly Frequencies For Emirates

At Last, FG Approves 21 Weekly Frequencies For Emirates

At Last, FG Approves 21 Weekly Frequencies For Emirates

After weeks of diplomatic crisis between Nigeria and the Unit­ed Arab Emirates (UAE) over flight services, the Federal Gov­ernment has approved the 21 weekly frequencies requested by Emirates.


Emirate shad requested for 14 weekly flight services to Murtala Muhammed International Air­port (MIA), Lagos, and another seven to Nnamdi Azikiwe Inter­national Airport (NAIA), Abuja, as part of its winter schedule.

The Nigerian government through the Ministry of Aviation had initially granted the airline’s request, but later canceled it following the refusal of the UAE Civ­il Aviation Authority (DCAA) to grant Air Peace only three weekly frequencies it requested from the country.


Rather, AirPeacewasgranted onlyonefrequencyweeklybythe authority, whichcitedinadequate slots at the airport.


But a letter signed by Capt. Musa Nuhu, Director-General, NCAA, and dated December 21, 2021, addressed to the Country Manager, Emirates Airlines, with the reference number: NCAA/ DG/AIR/11/16/334, granted the request.


Nuhu in the letter said that the approval was sequel to fur­ther consultations with various stakeholders and the letter from Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA) with reference number: DCAA/ASAN/N-3/016 dated 17th December, 2021, offering Air Peace daily slots to Dubai Airport (DXB).


The letter added: “This approval is predicated on compliance with the Dubai Travel Protocol as released by Dubai Airports on Friday 26th November, 2021 at it affects passengers travelling from Nigeria to UAE.”


The Director-General of NCAA had on Monday said that the government w as looking into the letter received from Air Peace, which granted it approval to operate seven weekly frequencies to DCAA, rather than the Sharjah International Airport it applied for in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).


Nuhu said that Air Peace had sent to the ministry a letter that emanated from the DCAA, which approved seven weekly frequencies to the airline, stressing that the letter was forwarded to it through Mr. Allen Onyema, the Chairman of Air Peace.


The UAE GCAA had earlier refused AirPeace three slotsitre­ quested for to operate to Sharjah Airport and only granted approv­al for one frequency, citing inadequate slots at Sharjah Airport.


The Dubai Civil Aviation Authority in a letter dated De­cember 13th, to the Chief Exec­utive Officer of Air Peace, Allen Onyema, entitled,‘Operations of Air Services between Dubai and Nigeria,’ signed by the DCAA Director-General, Mohammed A.


Ahli, stated that, “Relations between our two countries go a long way back and we value these relations immensely. We surely wish to facilitate easy and safe travel for the people, between our two brotherly countries.


“We write in reference to Air Peace’s possible/intended operations to/from Dubai Airports (DXB). We have received information from Dubai Airports with regard to slot availability at DXB –Terminal 1 and as a gesture of goodwill and in support of UAE and Nigeria relations, in case Air Peace wish to start their flights, slots have been blocked by Dubai Airports as A0540LTD0800LT- All days except day six.”


Nuhu said that the government has told the UAE government to write officially to the Nigerian government through the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of the two countries.


Nuhu said: “In UAE, we have the GCAA and each of the Emirates has its own CAA. Lat­er, the Dubai CAA wrote to Air Peace and told the airline that it has seven slots reserved for it at Dubai Airport. So, the CEO of Air Peace, Mr. Allen Onyema, showed the letter to the minister and we said Air Peace is designated to outside Nigeria based on the flight rules and Emirates is designated by the UAE government under the Bilateral Air Services Agreement (BASA) arrangement and we concluded that is what we are going to do.”