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FG to announce new flight resumption date next week, test runs 2 airports

FG hopes to announce the date for resumption of domestic flight operations by next week.

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The Federal Government has announced plans to carry out a test run of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja and the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos on Saturday this week.

The test run of the facilities in the 2 airports is to determine their readiness for the resumption of domestic flight operations.

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According to a tweet post by the aide to the President on New Media, Tolu Ogunlesi, this was disclosed by the Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Captain Musa Nuhu, at the daily briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.

In his briefing, the NCAA boss, also said that the Federal Government, hoped to announce the date for resumption of domestic flight operations by next week.

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According to the tweet post, “Dry Run tests of Lagos and Abuja Airports will be coming up this Saturday. Hopefully, sometime next week, we will be able to announce a restart date for domestic flights.”

He also said, “Significant progress has been made regarding readiness to restart domestic aviation industry. A few gaps remaining which will be closed hopefully in next couple of days. We have to get it right both in technical safety and health safety.”

Nuhu also noted that after the dry run tests, the FG would identify the gaps that might be there and close them. After that, the date for resumption of domestic flight operations by next week would be announced.

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The airports had been closed to both domestic and international flight operations since March as part of measures by the government to contain the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Nairametrics, last week, reported the suspension of the resumption of domestic flight operations by the Federal Government. The Government said that the initially announced date of June 21, 2020, was no longer feasible as they did not feel that the industry was ready.

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The NCAA said they would submit a report to through the Aviation Minister to the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, advising on a possible date for resumption.

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Chike Olisah is a graduate of accountancy with over 15 years working experience in the financial service sector. He has worked in research and marketing departments of three top commercial banks. Chike is a senior member of the Nairametrics Editorial Team. You may contact him via his email- [email protected]

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FAAN releases new guidelines for post COVID-19 flight operations

The new set of procedural guidelines for air travelers and other airport users is aimed at protecting all.

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The Federal Airports Authority of Nigerian (FAAN), has released a new set of procedural guidelines for air travelers and other airport users. This follows the announcement of the Federal Government, the gradual commencement of domestic flight operations at the nation’s airports with effect from July 8, 2020.

This new Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) is aimed at protecting all stakeholders and preventing further spread of the coronavirus disease, especially through our airports.

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This was disclosed in a press statement by FAAN on Friday, July 3, 2020, and signed by the agency’s General Manager Corporate Affairs, Henrietta Yakubu.

According to the procedures that have been outlined by FAAN in the “New Normal”, departing passengers must comply with the following guidelines;

  • All passengers must arrive at the airport properly kitted with their face masks on.
  • They must also ensure a minimum of one point five meters (1.5m) physical distancing, Aviation Medical/Port Health personnel would screen each passenger and ensure the use of face masks, those traveling with pets must get necessary clearance from Nigerian Agricultural Quarantine Services.
  • All passengers’ luggage would be disinfected before entry into the departure halls.
  • Passengers are required to wash their hands as often as possible, hand sanitizer would be provided for passengers before entrance, at the waiting halls/lounges and pre-boarding gates.
  • All footwear would be disinfected/sanitized by foot mats placed at all entrances to the terminal building, amongst others.

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For arriving passengers, the following guidelines must be adhered to;

  • On disembarking from the aircraft, passengers would observe physical distancing as they board the Co-Buses (Hand Sanitizer would be provided in the buses).
  • Physical distancing protocols must be observed at the baggage claim area, where hand sanitizer is also provided, disinfected trolleys would be made available for passengers.
  • All Covid-19 protocols must be observed while undergoing customs check, Passengers would exit the halls and head straight to the car park for pick up.
  • If you must speak to anyone around, please speak to a properly tagged Aviation Security (AVSEC) officer, physical distancing would be maintained while waiting to be screened by personnel of port health services, amongst others.
  • In addition to the above guidelines, passengers are required to observe social distancing and make use of the floor markings at the security screening area. They must also comply with all other security guidelines as laid down by officials of the Aviation Security (AVSEC) department.

FAAN asked all passengers and stakeholders to observe these new protocols that have been put in place for their protection.

 

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Nigerians willing to travel abroad will wait a bit longer – Aviation Ministry

Domestic flights between Lagos and Abuja will resume on Wednesday July 8. 

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The Federal Ministry of Aviation announced on Wednesday evening that flights will commence with the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, and Murtala Mohammed Airport in Lagos on the 8th of July. The Ministry also announced date will be decided for international travel.

Port Harcourt, Owerri, and Maiduguri airport will reopen on the 11th of July, while the other airports in the country are set to restart operations on the 15th of July.’

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‘Passengers looking to travel out of the country will have to wait a bit longer as the dates for the restart of international flights into and out of the country will be announced later,’’ The Ministry said.

The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika thanked the Nigerian public and stakeholders in the aviation industry “who have had to cope with the adverse effects of the flight suspension” for their cooperation in ensuring the country resumes operations in the airports.

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Nigeria banned International flights into the country on March 21, after the country’s coronavirus cases doubled from 12-22. The airport closure was meant to last one month but as cases grew globally, the date of resumption got postponed. Domestic flights between Lagos and Abuja will resume on Wednesday, July 8.

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Update: FG announces new dates for domestic flight operations

This was disclosed in a tweet post by the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika.

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The Federal Government has announced the resumption schedule for domestic flight operations in our airports.

In the schedule that was announced by the Minister for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, domestic flight operations will resume in Abuja and Lagos airports on July 8, 2020. The airports in Kano, Port Harcourt, Owerri and Maiduguri will resume on July 11 and the domestic flight operations in the other airports will resume on July 15.

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Sirika, also stated that passengers who want to travel outside the country would have to wait a bit longer as no date has been fixed yet for the resumption of international flight operations.

This was disclosed in a tweet post by the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, on his official Twitter handle on Wednesday, July 1, 2020.

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He also said, ‘’I thank stakeholders in the aviation industry and indeed the Nigerian public who have had to cope with the adverse effects of the flight suspension for their perseverance and cooperation in ensuring a successful return of operations at the nation’s airport.’’

The Minister, while assuring that government will do all within its powers to ensure a rapid recovery of the aviation industry, advised passengers to follow all the safety guidelines and protocols put in place to ensure that the airports don’t become channels of infection for the dreaded coronavirus.

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Nairametrics had reported a few days, that the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) and the aviation ministry, conducted a dry test run of domestic flight operation for the Lagos and Abuja airports a few days ago. This was in preparation for the resumption of flight operation.

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) had also introduced some new measures for both passengers and non-passengers in preparation for the resumption of flight operations at the airports.

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