Omicron: Saudi Arabia Bars Flights From Nigeria, Lesser Hajj Cancelled

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The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has banned flights from Nigeria owing of the new Coronavirus variant Omicron.

There was an order to prohibit aircraft from Nigeria over Omicron, according to sources at the Saudi Arabian consulate in Kano and officials at the Malam Aminu Kano International Airport (MAKIA).

According to the magazine, an official at Kano Airport confirmed that a circular had been issued ordering all smaller Hajj journeys to be canceled.

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.”

The Saudi General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) later confirmed the flight suspension in a circular to all airlines operating in the Kingdom, according to reports.