In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 04th, September, 2020

FG Bars Air France, KLM, Others, Approves 14 Airways

FG Bars Air France, KLM, Others, Approves 14 Airlines

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The Nigerian Authorities has launched the record of 9 airways granted approval to begin worldwide flights in Nigeria, The PUNCH reviews.

Talking at a briefing of the Presidential TaskForce on Thursday, the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, confirmed the September 5 because the date for the resumption flights, backing an earlier assertion issued by the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority.

He added that the  Nnamdi Azikiwe Worldwide Airport, Abuja and Murtala Muhammed Worldwide Airport can be opened up for operations.

The minister famous that Air France, KLM, Etihad, RwandAir, Air Namibia, Royal Air Maroc, Lufthansa, TAAG Angola Airways had been denied approval to begin flight operations.

He stated Cabo Verde and South African airways had been denied approval as worldwide flights had been but to renew of their international locations.

Center East Airline, British Airways, Delta, Qatar, Ethiopian Airways, Emirates Airways, Air Peace, Virgin Atlantic, Asky Airways, Africa World Airways, Air Cote-d’ Ivoire, Kenya Airways, EgyptAir, Turkish Airways had been all granted approval to renew.

Sirika stated, “Abuja and Lagos shall be open for operations on the fifth of September. We’re happy with the preparations thus far. We don’t anticipate any hitches.

“Saturday for Lagos there shall be BA, Delta, Emirates, Qatar, AWA, Kenya Airways and Center East airways whereas for Abuja we now have BA, EgyptAir, Emirates, Ethiopian Airways, AWA, Center East Airways and Turkish. After which we are going to launch to you the schedule for the remaining days to say time.

“In our determination, we used two gadgets, the overseas provider working allow which is a requirement by our legal guidelines, and the rules by the COVID-19 taskforce and different tips as restrictions that come from different international locations which is able to have an effect on our operations at dwelling.”

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“Now, at this level, it will be significant that we announce the airways which are allowed for operations into the nation. Those not accepted embrace Air France. Center East Airways is accepted for less than Lagos. British Airways is accepted, allowed entry beneath Covid-19 protocols.

“The explanation for Air France is that vacationers’ enterprise holders should not allowed entry. KLM not accepted for a similar purpose as Air France. Delta Airways, no restrictions – USA, we now have an Open Skies settlement with them they usually additionally permit us in.

“Qatar Airways is allowed and accepted beneath the COVID-19 protocol. Etihad, not accepted. Ethiopian Airways allowed entry beneath the COVID-19 protocol. EgyptAir accepted, allowed entry beneath COVID-19 protocol.

“RwandAir not accepted. Air Peace, not relevant, they’re our personal provider in Nigeria. We thank them. Virgin Atlantic, accepted, allowed entry beneath COVID-19 protocol. Air Namibia, not accepted. Asky Airways, accepted. Royal Air Maroc, not accepted. African World Airways, Ghana, accepted.


“Air Cote-d’Ivoire accepted, Lufthansa, not accepted, Kenya Airways accepted, Emirates airways accepted, Turkish airways accepted, Cabo Verde not relevant as worldwide flights has not resumed. Angola TAAG, not accepted, South Africa moved as a result of worldwide flights haven’t been accepted.”

He listed Egypt Air, Virgin Atlantic, Turkish Airways, Africa World Airways, Kenya Airways, and Center East Airways as airways permitted to function into the Lagos airport.

The minister additionally listed British Airways, Emirates, Ethiopian, Africa World Airways, and Center East Airways as airways allowed to function into the Abuja airport.

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Sirika tasked the passengers to take duty and acquire all COVID-19 protocols laid down by the PTF, promising to sanction errant passengers and the airways concerned.

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