Following the recent Presidential Task Force briefing, Hadi Sirika listed Middle East Airline, British Airways, Delta, Qatar, Ethiopian Airlines, Emirates Airlines, Air Peace, Virgin Atlantic, Asky Airlines, Africa World Airways, Air Cote-d’ Ivoire, Kenya Airways, EgyptAir, Turkish Airlines as operators granted licence to commence flight operations into the country.
Furthermore, he stated that Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja and Murtala Muhammed International Airport would be opened up for operations. He also assured that there won’t be hitches because the preparation to commence flight operations were satisfactory.
In terms of the airline operators barred from flying, the Minister listed Air France, KLM, Etihad, RwandAir, Air Namibia, Royal Air Maroc, Lufthansa, TAAG Angola Airlines.
Cabo Verde and South African airlines were also barred considering the fact that international flights were yet to resume in their countries.
His words: “In our decision, we used two items, the foreign carrier operating permit which is a requirement by our laws, and the guidelines by the COVID-19 taskforce and other guidelines as restrictions that come from other countries which will affect our operations at home.”
He said Cabo Verde and South African airlines were denied approval as international flights were yet to resume in their countries.
The Lagos airport will see airlines such as Egypt Air, Virgin Atlantic, Turkish Airlines, Africa World Airways, Kenya Airways and Middle East Airline begin flight operations while in the Abuja airport airline operators to commence business include, British Airways, Emirates, Ethiopian, Africa World Airways, and Middle East Airlines.
In line with the need to obtain all COVID-19 protocols and take responsibility for actions, Sirika urged passengers to adhere to these instructions laid down by the PTF. In addition, erring passengers together with the airline operator involved,who go against these protocols will be duly sanctioned