COVID-19: Flight operations resume with 4 airlines, scanty passengers

COVID-19: Flight operations resume with 4 airlines, scanty passengers

- Resumption of flight operations was marked by low turnout of passengers at the domestic airport

- The busy domestic terminals of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos felt the low turnout of travellers

- After more than three months of suspended flights, operations resumed with four airlines amid strict safety protocols

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Flight operations were greeted with a low turnout and strict protocols at the domestic airport as operations commenced on Wednesday, July 8, after about four months of suspension of flights because of COVID-19 pandemic.

According to Daily Trust, flight operations commenced with not less than four airlines flying from the Murtala Mohammed Airport, Lagos to Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

It was also reported that other airlines are expected to start operations on Thursday, July 9, and in the coming days. The first flight from Lagos departed with 78 passengers by 7:15 am from the General Aviation Terminal (GAT) popularly known as MMA1.

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Officials of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) strictly supervised passengers boarding their various flights.

COVID-19: Flight operations resume with 4 airlines, scanty passengers
Flight operations resume with 4 airlines, scanty passengers
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The online publication reported that Abuja also had similar experiences as the first day of flight operations was marked by a low turnout of travellers.

While safety protocols were strictly observed as passengers conducted themselves in an orderly manner, sniffer dogs screened bags for contrabands and explosives.

Passengers expressed their delight at the protocol put in place to keep travellers safe. They commended FAAN and NCAA for their efforts.

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Meanwhile, previously reported that the NCAA said not all airlines will resume on Tuesday, July 8. The flights are scheduled to resume but NCAA said some airlines will not be permitted flight operation.

The aviation control body further disclosed that some airlines have not met the protocols contained in the directives of the federal government as suggested by the presidential task force on Covid-19. Read more:

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Similarly, the federal government declared that the last cabin row of aircraft would be designated as an isolation centre for air travellers that exhibit symptoms of coronavirus.

The minister of aviation, Hadi Sirika, disclosed this on Monday, July 6, during the Presidential Task Force (PFT) briefing on COVID-19.

Siriki said this was part of the safety measures taken against coronavirus as the nation prepares for resumption of domestic flights.

He explained that cabin staffers have been trained to carry out necessary precautions and protocols in case of any emergency, adding that passengers would no longer be served refreshments to reduce the level of contact with cabin staff.

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