Following the Federal Government’s plans for international airlines to resume operations in the country by August 29 2020, British Airways and a few international airlines have disclosed dates for resumption of operation.
While Ethiopian Airlines and Angola Airlines will resume operations on August 29, the British Airways, Air France, KLM Airlines and African World Airways will resumes operations September 1.
Emirates, Egypt Airways, Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines, will begin operations on September 2, 3, and 4 respectively, while Etihad Airways will resume October 2.
Similarly, other Airlines are yet to announce dates of operation.
Recall that the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, during the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 briefing on Monday announced that international flights will resume operation on August 29.
Sirika noted that flight operations would begin in and out of two airports, the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos and Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja.
The Minister added that procedures to be observed by passengers would be announced in due course.
Besides passengers undergoing a test before boarding flights into Nigeria, the minister also stated that they will undergo another test eight days after arrival in the country.
“What we have become used to – physical distancing, wearing of a mask, washing of hands and temperature checks – will continue. In the beginning, there will be four flights into Abuja and Lagos daily; we will give further details on that. This is a decision that was taken by the PTF and not that by the Aviation Ministry alone,” Sirika said.
The Minister added:
“Very close to your departure dates, you will take a COVID test where you are coming from and then, of course, you would go online to fill the health questionnaire so that you don’t bother yourself filling long forms while you arrive on in the aircraft.
“There will also be a portal that we will open. Prior to your departure, you will pay through that platform for the test to be done here in Nigeria after your arrival. Meaning that, just before you depart, you take a test and when you are negative and not showing any signs of COVID-19, we will board you on the flight.
“When you arrive in Nigeria, you will go through the protocols and exit the airport, and the eighth day after your arrival, which we consider the incubation period, you will take a test. They will pay for the testing before they board and it will be on a platform online and it will give them options of what to do and then the test will be done after eight days.