International flights will begin arriving in Nigeria from 5 September, the Minister of Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, mentioned on Thursday.
But not all airways shall be allowed to come back in for now.
Those banned are Lufthansa, KLM, TAAG Angola Airline, RwandAir, Etihad, Air France and Air Namibia
The airways which have Nigeria’s aviation authorities inexperienced gentle embrace Virgin Atlantic, Kenya Airways, Ethiopian Airline, Delta Airline, Qatar, Emirates and others(See List)
Sirika, who spoke at present on the day by day briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 in Abuja, mentioned there isn’t a going again on the Sept. 5, 2020 date for resumption of worldwide flights as all preparations have been accomplished.
Sirika mentioned all aviation preparations and COVID-19 protocols have been perfected and the airports in Abuja and Lagos are for reopening.
He mentioned the airways coming into the nation have been the airways accredited for operations with acceptable COVID-19 protocols.
Sirika additional famous that intending passengers should register on-line, pay for COVID-19 take a look at price and add the COVID-19 damaging end result not older than 72 hours earlier than boarding.
While warning towards sharp practices, he mentioned any airline caught with passengers with out COVID-19 damaging end result could be fined $3500 for every passenger and the passenger returned if she or he was a foreigner.
The passenger would as well as, be suspended from flying for six months.
Giving extra insights into the explanations for ban and the precept of reciprocity being utilized to some international locations, the minister mentioned Nigeria was merely following what every nation has finished to Nigeria.
Some of the international locations which have already banned flights from Nigeria are within the European Union (EU) because the EU included Nigeria on the banned international locations on the primary of July, 2020 once they opened their airspace.
In his phrases
Sirika mentioned: “Now, at this level, it will be significant that we announce the airways which are allowed for operations into the nation. The ones not accredited are Air France. Middle East Airlines is accredited for less than Lagos (airport). British Airways (is) accredited – allowed entry underneath COVID-19 protocol.
“The cause for Air France is that vacationers’ enterprise holders usually are not allowed entry. KLM not accredited for a similar cause as Air France. Delta Airlines, no restrictions – USA, now we have an Open Skies with them they usually additionally enable us in.
“Qatar Airways is allowed and accredited underneath COVID-19 protocol. Etihad, not accredited. Ethiopian Airlines allowed entry underneath COVID-19 protocol. EgyptAir accredited, allowed entry underneath COVID-19 protocol.
“RwandAir, not accredited. Air Peace, not relevant, they’re our personal service in Nigeria, we thank them. Virgin Atlantic, accredited, allowed entry underneath COVID-19 protocol. Air Namibia, not accredited. Asky, accredited. Royal Air Maroc, not accredited. African World Airways, Ghana, accredited.
“Air Cote d’Ivoire, accredited. Lufthansa, not accredited. Kenya Airways accredited. Emirates Airlines, accredited. Turkish Airlines, accredited. Cabo Verde not relevant as worldwide flights are but to renew. TAAG Angola Airlines, not accredited. South African Airways not relevant as worldwide flights are but to renew.”
List of Airlines that may fly into Nigeria:
African World Airways (AWA),
Middle East Airlines
Air Cote D’Ivoire
Air Cote D’Ivoire
Airlines barred from Nigeria:
TAAG Angola Airlines
Royal Air Maroc
*Abankula is reporter at massive for PMNEWS