Nigeria bars Emirates, talks with EU of Lufthansa and Air France

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Passenger jets, operated by Emirates, stand beside the terminal at Dubai International Airport in Dubai, UAE on Monday, May 18, 2020. Emirates Group plans to cut around 30,000 jobs as an operator of the taller long- Carrier seeks to cut costs after coronavirus pandemic, air travel has failed. Photographer: Christopher Pike / Bloomberg, Bloomberg

(Bloomberg) –Nigeria is adding Emirates Airline to the list of carriers not allowed to fly in the West African country, said Aviation Minister Hadi Sirika.

Nigerian officials have spoken to European Union officials about the ban on flights from Lufthansa, Air France and KLM, the minister said on Twitter. “The meeting went well,” he said.

Africa’s most populous country of over 200 million people has banned a number of airlines as it resumed international flights on September 5 following a prolonged lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus, claiming he was in retaliation for similar restrictions. Emirates cannot fly to Nigeria from September 21, Sirika said.

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