Aviation: FG set to reopen international civil flights operations

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Murtala Muhammed International’ Airport, Lagos

THE Federal Government of Nigeria has announced that international civil aviation operations in the country will resume from August 29.

International commercial flights were suspended in March to check the spreading coronavirus pandemic in the country.

But international emergency flight operations and flights transporting essential food and medical supplies or for the evacuation of foreigners who felt stranded, were permitted to operate.

With domestic flights fully had operational at 15 local airports, the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, on Monday announced the resumption of international commercial flight operations.

On his official Twitter account @hadisirika, the minister disclosed that only the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA) Ikeja, in Lagos, and the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA) in Abuja will handle international  flights.

He said the other international airports at Port Harcourt, Kano, Kaduna and the under-reconstruction Akanu Ibiam Airport, in Enugu will follow in due course.

“Protocols and procedures will be announced. We thank you for your patience,”  Sirika tweeted.

Meanwhile, in an statement signed by the General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Mrs. Henrietta Yakubu, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), at the weekend advised passengers to desist from giving money to its officials and to report any agency that requests money under any guise for services.

FAAN said it had opened investigations into allegations that some airport officials were collecting money from returning passengers on evacuation flights at the Abuja airport.

The authority stated: “Arriving passengers are expected to have gone through the COVID-19 test before boarding their flights at the ports of departure, therefore they should not pay any money whatsoever to any airport official for the purpose.

“All COVID-19 preventive measures that have been put in place at airports are free for passengers and do not attract any charges.”

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