Sunday , January 16 2022

Saudi Arabia bars flight from Nigeria over Omicron, lesser hajj cancelled

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has stopped flights coming in from Nigeria due to the new Coronavirus variant, Omicron.

Several sources in the consulate of Saudi Arabia in Kano, as well as officials at the Malam Aminu Kano International Airport (MAKIA) have it that there was an order to restrict flights from Nigeria over Omicron, Daily Trust reports.

The publication also reported that an official at the Kano Airport confirmed that a circular was issued, directing that all lesser Hajj trips should be cancelled.

The source said;

“Yes it is true because a circular was issued that all Lesser Hajj flights should be canceled and there will be no more flights from Nigeria until further notice.

“I think they are following suit the decision of other countries like UK to prevent against having the virus in the kingdom.”

It was also gathered that the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) in Saudi Arabia later confirmed the flight suspension in a circular to all airlines operating in the Kingdom.

 

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About Chinenye Nwabueze

Nwabueze is a communication researcher with several years of lecturing experience in Nigerian universities.

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