The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) held a virtual meeting with the management of Munich International Airport to share experiences regarding the resumption of flight activities in the aftermath of the COVID-19 induced lockdown of airports.
This was disclosed in a statement issued by the agency, which was published on its site.
According to the statement, the meeting was held at the instance of its Managing Director, Captain Rabiu Yadudu, and had in attendance Herbert Keffel, Georgios Elkolids, and Julian Duerdoth, who are members of the Munich Airport Experts Team.
The meeting was called to assess the readiness of FAAN to gradually begin operations, following the June 21 timeline set by the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19.
FAAN boss explained that the meeting was crucial for the agency, as it was important for it to compare notes with other international airports to ensure safe travel in Nigeria.
He added that the regulator had begun to respond to guidelines set by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority for gradual airport reopening and post-COVID-19 operations.
He said, “FAAN hopes to strengthen its partnership with the German airport and enhance route development while boosting passenger confidence during flights.”
The country’s airports and airspace were shut in March by President Muhammadu Buhari, as part of efforts to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.
Meanwhile, the Federal Government has directed civil aviation authorities to determine the resumption of domestic flights in the country.
The National Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Sani Aliyu, stated this during its last briefing in Abuja on Thursday.
Aliyu had on June 1 said, “the aviation industry is requested to start developing protocols to allow for domestic flights to resume anytime from the 21st of June onwards.”