- Not all international airlines in Nigeria have been approved for full resumption
- The minister of aviation, Hadi Sirika, on Thursday, September 3, explained, however, that those approved for resumption will have to operate within COVID-19 protocols
- Sirika made this known during a briefing by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 in Abuja
The federal government has released a comprehensive list of international airlines in Nigeria that have been denied approval to resume operation.
The names of the airlines were announced by the minister of aviation, Hadi Sirika, on Thursday, September 3, during a Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 briefing in Abuja.
The affected airlines are listed below:
1. Air France
6. TAAG Angola Airlines
7. Air Namibia
8. Royal Air Maroc
Sirika noted that other airlines like Middle-East, British Airways, Delta Airlines, Qatar Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, Egyptair, Air Peace, Vrgin Atlantic, Asky, Africa World Airways (AWA), Air Cote-d’Ivoire, Kenya Airways, Emirate, and Turkish are permitted to operate within the country's COVID-19 guidelines.
Explaining the reason for this discrepancy, the minister pointed out that the Nigerian government "used the ‘foreign carrier operator permit’ which is the requirement by our laws, guidelines by COVID-19 PTF and other guidelines including restrictions that came from other countries which will affect our own operations here at home."
Added to this, Sirika made it clear that passengers who fail to present a valid COVID-19 test or refuse to do another test may enter the travel watch list for six months.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that a new study published by the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had revealed that coronavirus can be spread in airplanes by asymptomatic carriers.
The study which was in the CDC Journal of Emerging Infectious Diseases was carried out by scientists who were headed by Dr Sung Hwan Bae which used an evacuation flight from Milan to Seoul in March as its basis.
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Before the said flight, 310 people were tested. Eleven of them that tested positive did not take the plane. The remaining 299 were given N95 masks as staff followed anti-Covid-19 safety procedures all through the flight.
Among those 299, six passengers who were asymptomatic patients were tested positive before the beginning of the flight. When the plane landed, all the passengers were quarantined for two weeks.
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