- The federal government has given updates about the resumption of international flights
- Captain Musa Nuhu, the director-general of NCAA, made this known on Saturday, September 5
- The aviation agency stated that a maximum of 200 passengers per incoming flights would be allowed into the country
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The federal government has issued a schedule for the partial resumption of international flights, after months of suspension due to the outbreak of COVID-19 in the country.
Legit.ng reports that a tweet by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) on Saturday, September 5, showed that the flight schedule was signed by its director-general, Captain Musa Nuhu.
The aviation agency in the document dated September 4, stated that a maximum of 200 passengers per incoming flights would be allowed into the country.
It explained that the limitation was due to the limited number of approved incoming passengers at 1,280 per airport on a daily basis.
The schedule, which was addressed to all aviation stakeholders and foreign airline operators flying into the country, however, stated that there was no limit on the number of outgoing passengers from the country.
The statement read: “Kindly note due to the limited number of approved incoming passengers (1,280) allowed daily per each airport, it is not possible to accommodate the requested schedule of airlines.
“However, over the next few weeks as the number of allowed incoming passengers is increased, additional flight frequencies will be allocated to airlines in addition to accommodating any airline that meets the requirements for resumption of flight operations into Nigeria.
“The approved schedule is based on a maximum number of 200 passengers per each incoming flight to Nigeria. There is no limit on the number of outgoing passengers."
The NCAA stressed that each airline operator was entitled to only one frequency on an approved day of operation, irrespective of the capacity of aircraft utilised.
Giving a breakdown of airlines, the NCAA announced that an average of six airlines would operate in each of the airports allowed to function at the initial stage.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the federal government vowed to sanction air passengers who fail to comply with the guidelines put in place to flatten the COVID-19 curve.
It was reported that the coordinator of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Sani Aliyu, said on Monday, August 31, that the government is committed to the safety and security of Nigerians.
Aliyu said the PTF is working with relevant stakeholders in the aviation sector to ensure that Nigeria does not witness a fresh spike of infections.
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