Domestic Flights Resume from Lagos Airport
The first flight at resumption of domestic operations this morning departed the Lagos airport at 7.15am with 75 passengers and an infant onboard.
The passengers who arrived the airport as early as 5am seamlessly went through the safety measures put in place.
Before they gained access into the terminal, they sanitized their hands, had their temperatures taken and their luggage disinfected before proceeding to the airline counters for their boarding passes.
Physical distancing was strictly adhered to with the markings on the floors and the barricade at the check-in counters.
At the General Aviation Terminal One that warehouse the activities of all the domestic operators only had two airlines operating at the restart of operations.
At the MM2 terminal, of the 6 airlines operating, only 2 airlines operated from the terminal.
For restart, some of the airlines are operating three, two and a flight each on Lagos-Abuja, Abuja-Lagos routes for the day throughout the week and as passengers increase, they promised to review their schedules to accommodate the traffic.
On each of the flights this morning, an official of the regulatory body accompanied the aircraft to access the operations and report back.
Spokesman for one of the airlines, Mr. Banji Ola said, the passenger load factor for the morning flight was above average while afternoon flights from the number of ticket sold would be more than above average.
He expressed satisfaction with the cooperation of passengers during the boarding process and urged them to take to booking, pay and check in their flights online to reduce waiting time for their boarding passes.
Head of Engineering of one of the airlines, Mr. Luqmon Animashaun commended the terminal managers for the arrangements in place and passengers’ patience and cooperation.
The airlines time of departure was staggered to avoid overcrowding in the terminal and to afford the officials of the regulatory agency to effectively monitor the check in procedures by the respective airlines.
So far, the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, has only cleared 5 airlines to restart domestic flights while others are still going through certain documentation process to ascertain payment of their insurance and that of their staff.