The Federal Government of Nigeria on Thursday September 3, said that international flight will resume on Saturday, September 5,2020.
However, Air France, KLM, Lufthansa, Etihad Airlines, Air Rwanda, Air Namibia among others have been banned from coming into the country. Those allowed to fly with appropriate COVID-19 protocols are British Airlines, Delta, Emirates, Quarter, Middle East, Turkish, Egypt Air, Ethiopian Airlines, Virgin Atlantic etc.
According to the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika , he explained that KLM and Air France are not approved to fly into the country because those with tourists visas are not allowed entry.
Speaking at the Presidential Task Force on Coronavirus at the International wing of Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport, in Abuja, Hadi said all aviation preparations and COVID-19 protocols have been perfected and the airport was set for resume.
The minister added that passengers who are flying must register online, pay for COVID-19 test fee and upload the COVID-19 negative result not older than 72 hours before boarding the plane.
While warning against corruption, he said any airline caught with passengers without Coronavirus negative result would be penalized as airline will pay $3,500 fine for each passenger and the passenger will be immediately deported.
The minister while given reason for the ban, said Nigeria is only responding how it’s being treated by other countries. He also said that the country will reciprocate all countries that have banned flights from Nigeria.