Int’l flight resumption: Nigeria to ban flights from EU, others in reciprocity move - Minister
By Our Reporter
August 21, 2020 - As Nigeria readies to resume international flights, the government says it will be applying reciprocity in allowing flights from other countries cometo Nigeria.
Minister of Aviation Hadi Sirika said during the briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 that flights from countries that had banned Nigerian flights will also be banned from coming to Nigeria.
Flights from Nigeria are among those banned by the European Union (EU) countries when they opened their airspaces on July 1, 2020.
Speaking on the preparation for international flights resumption, Sirika said: “We are almost there. Just a few things to be done but we will be ready in the coming days.
“By Monday, we will have comprehensive details for the resumption.”
Sirika also noted that about 1, 280 passengers would be allowed in on a daily basis in Abuja and Lagos airports, which had been billed to commence first.
The PTF had earlier revealed that international flights would resume on August 29, 2020.
The minister had said Nigeria’s preparation had reached advanced stage for the resumption of international flight operations.
He also stated that four flights each would come into Abuja and Lagos airports on a daily basis.
Emphasis, he stated, would be placed on the observation of all the safety and technical guidelines as prescribed by global and health authorities which would be communicated in due course.