- The federal government has made a stern move against Flair Aviation, a UK-based airline
- This came after an aircraft of Flair Aviation was spotted operating commercial flight into Nigeria
- This act by the firm is against the restriction on commercial flight placed on it by the Nigerian government
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An aircraft belonging to an aviation firm based in the United Kingdom, Flair Aviation, has been seized by the federal government for operating a commercial flight in Nigeria.
The decision of the Nigerian government was disclosed by the minister of aviation, Hadi Sirika, on Sunday, May 17, via his Twitter handle.
The minister revealed that while the aircraft has been impounded, the crew members are being interrogated at the moment.
Sirika said: “...Flair Aviation, a UK company, was given approval for humanitarian operations but regrettably we caught them conducting commercial flights.
“This is callous! The craft is impounded, crew being interrogated. There shall be a maximum penalty. Wrong time to try our resolve!”
Before now, the federal government has permitted the firm to operate flights only on a humanitarian basis.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the federal government was trying to trace most of the 155 passengers in the aircraft that brought to Nigeria the Italian confirmed with coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
Legit.ng gathered that the minister of health, Osagie Ehanire, made the disclosure on Monday, March 2, while briefing newsmen in Abuja, adding that 156 passengers were on the manifest of the flight that brought the Italian.
According to the report, unlike what obtains in other countries, the name and other details of the Italian patient had not been made public yet.
The minister said some of the passengers on board the aircraft that brought the Italian were yet to be traced because of the ambiguity of the contact information they provided.
He said: “We cannot give a fixed figure on the contact tracing because it is a continuing process. But the only one we know for sure is the 156 passengers who were on the aircraft with him (the Italian) and those ones are being tracked and we have been talking to them and we are getting cooperation.
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“There have been a few challenges. Some people gave telephone numbers that didn’t work or (when called) said switched off. There are some who probably don’t have telephones or some who are new arrivals in Nigeria.
“They are not yet registered with any telephone company, but there are ways in which they can be found out. Some have probably left the country if they were to be here for a day or two.”
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