- The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria has rolled out new Covid-19 guidelines at the country's airports
- The guidelines are specified for departing and arriving passengers
- The Nigerian government has announced the dates for the resumption of domestic flights in the country
The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has released new procedural guidelines for air travellers and other airport users in the country.
This follows the approval that flight operations recommence gradually at the nation’s airports effective July 8.
The new guidelines were put together to avoid further spread of Covid-19 as domestic flights resume, FAAN said in a statement by the general manager, Corporate Affairs, Henrietta Yakubu on Friday, July 3.
Below is a list of the new guidelines for departing passengers:
1. All passengers must arrive the airport properly kitted with their face masks on
2. Passengers must also ensure a minimum of one point five meters (1.5m) physical distancing
3. Aviation Medical/Port Health personnel would screen each passenger and ensure the use of face masks
4. Passengers travelling with pets must get necessary clearance from Nigerian Agricultural Quarantine Services
5. All passengers’ luggage will be disinfected before entry into the departure halls
6. Passengers are required to wash their hands as often as possible
7. Hand sanitizer will be provided for passengers before entrance, at the waiting halls/lounges and pre-boarding gates
8. All footwear will be disinfected, sanitized by foot mats placed at all entrances to the terminal building, amongst others.
Guidelines for arriving passengers
9. On disembarkation from the aircraft, passengers will observe physical distancing as they board the Co-Buses
10. Hand sanitizer will be provided in the buses
11. Physical distancing protocols must be observed at the baggage claim area, where hand sanitizer is also provided
12. Disinfected trolleys will be made available for passengers,
13. All Covid-19 protocols must be observed while undergoing Customs check
14. Passengers will exit the halls and head straight to the car park for pick up,
15. When necessary, passengers are only allowed to speak to a properly tagged Aviation Security (AVSEC) officer,
16. Physical distancing will be maintained while waiting to be screened by personnel of port health services
17. Passengers are required to observe social distancing and make use of the floor markings at the security screening area.
18. They must also comply with all other security guidelines as laid down by officials of the Aviation Security (AVSEC) department
FAAN urged all passengers and other stakeholders to respect and observe the necessary protocols to avoid a spike in Covid-19 cases in the country.
As Nigeria gradually reopens the economy after Covid-19 scare, the federal government has announced the dates for the resumption of domestic flights across the country.
According to Hadi Sirika, the minister of aviation, Nigeria's two major airports, Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos and Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, are to resume domestic operations on Wednesday, July 8.
The minister added that other airports in Kano, Port Harcourt, Owerri and Maiduguri airports will resume operations on Saturday, July 11.
Legit.ng gathers that other airports will start operations on Wednesday, July 15.
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