The Federal Government has announced a list of international airlines that have been denied approval to restart operations in the country, following the resumption of international flight operations on Saturday, September 5, 2020.
According to a monitored media report, these foreign airlines include Air France, KLM, Etihad, Rwandair, Lufthansa, TAAG Angola Airlines, and a host of others.
The disclosure was made by the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, during the daily briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on Covid-19 on Thursday, September 3, 2020.
However, some airlines were denied approval because their countries were yet to open their air space to international flight operations.
The foreign airlines that were granted approval to operate include, Middle-East, British Airways, Delta Airlines, Qatar Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, Egyptair, Air Peace, Virgin Atlantic, Asky, Africa World Airways (AWA), Air Cote-d’Ivoire, Kenya Airways, Emirate, and Turkish airlines.
These airlines are however expected to implement the government-approved protocols.
Sirika said Air France and KLM airlines were not granted approval for flight operations because tourist visa holders are not allowed entry. He said South African Airways was not granted approval because South Africa are yet to resume international flight operations in their country.