Transportation

More Airlines Get Approval To Fly Into Nigeria

Federal Government has given a nod to three more foreign airlines to resume flights into Nigeria.

The Airlines are Air France, KLM and Lufthansa German Airline.

Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika who disclosed this today says the airlines can resume flight services between Paris, Amsterdam and Frankfurt to Lagos.

The three airlines had earlier been ban from coming into Nigeria at the reopening of the Nigerian Airspace to international operations as Nigerians were not allowed access into these countries due to the spike then of the Covid-19.

Approval has also been given Qatar airways to start operations into the Abuja Airport.

In granting the approvals, Senator Sirika emphasised the need for airlines operating in the country to employ international best practices in handling Nigerian passengers, as government will not tolerate any form of maltreatment of its citizens by any airline.

Senator Sirika also announced that the Ministry is working with the Ministry of Health, CACOVID and the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 to open Kano, Port-Harcourt and possibly Enugu airports before the end of the year.

The International Airports that are yet to be cleared to resume operations are Port Harcourt Airport, Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport and  Akanu Ibiam International Airport Enugu.

According to the Aviation Minister, all hands are on deck to ensure that all logistic and policy necessities will soon be in place in order to address the difficulties encountered by international travellers, especially with the impending yuletide season.

He expressed appreciation for the understanding and cooperation of Aviation stakeholders in ensuring the smooth reopening of the nation’s airspace.

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