Flight Resumption: Only 1280 international passengers will be allowed into Nigeria–FG

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The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, has revealed that only 1280 passengers will be allowed to fly into Murtala Muhammed International airport in Lagos and Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport in Abuja when international flight operations commence on August 29.

The PTF also disclosed it will ban countries that have placed a ban on Nigerians and its residence from flying into it.

On the amount to be paid for COVID-19 test, the PTF said that it was yet to decide on the amount to be paid by international passengers for the test upon arrival.

The Minister of Aviation,Hadi Sirika, who was represented by the Director-Generic of Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Captain Musa Nuhu made these revelations in Abuja on Thursday during the briefing by members of the PTF on COVID-19.

His words: “We are going to start partially with Lagos and Abuja airports and we are going to restrict the number of passengers coming in initially to about 1280 both to Lagos and Abuja airport while other logistics are being put in place before we ramp the number of passengers that will be allowed to come in.

“So, we are working on the logistics and the process on how to determine which flights will be allowed to come and that should be done by tomorrow and hopefully, by Monday we will get everything in place.”

On the ban placed on Nigerians from flying into certain countries, the Minister said: “The conditions you give Nigerians who travel to your country will be applied. If you ban us from coming to your country, the same will apply the other way.”

On whether flight crew will be quarantined on arrival, he said: “The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) does not recommend quarantine of crew.

“What we have in place is that the crew goes to the hotel, they stay in their hotel rooms and they isolate from mixing and whenever they are ready, they go to the airports and they jump into the plane and go.

“Most of the crew stay in Nigeria for just a day and some airlines and countries demand that the crew have a COVID test before they fly and they are also required to provide their health information.”

On the amount to be paid for the COVID-19 tests on arrival by international passengers, the National Coordinator, Dr. Sani Aliyu said: “We are still working on the platforms and as soon as that is available, it will probably be a competitive process and hopefully, that will reduce the cost for passengers.”

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Joseph Chukwuma Oputa

Joseph Chukwuma Oputa is the Managing Editor of Maslow Businessnews and Physicians News publications published by Maslow Business News Publications, Lagos, Nigeria.

Joseph Oputa is a proud Alumnus of the prestigious Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos and Federal Polytechnic, Bida, Niger State.

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