The Federal Government has released the list of international airlines denied entry into Nigeria when international flights finally resume on Saturday, September 5th.
The list of the airlines denied entry and those given approval to operate into the country was released yesterday in Abuja by the Aviation Minister, Senator Hadi Sirika.
Sirika confirmed that the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja and Murtala Muhammed International Airport would be opened up for operations from tomorrow (Saturday).
According to Sirika, some of the international airlines denied flight approval include, Air France, KLM, Etihad, RwandAir, Air Namibia, Royal Air Maroc, Lufthansa, TAAG Angola Airlines and others.
Sirika also said Cabo Verde and South African airlines were denied approval as international flights were yet to resume in their countries.
The airlines given licence to operate include: ”British Airways, Delta Airline, Qatar Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, Egyptair, Air Peace, Virgin Atlantic, Asky, Africa World Airways (AWA), Air Cote-d’Ivoire, Kenya Airways, Emirate, and Turkish airlines”.
The Minister who also issued further guidelines for arriving and departing international passengers, warned that the approved airlines are expected to operate within COVID-19 protocols.
KanyiDaily recalls that Nigeria’s international airports had been closed to international flights since March due to the outbreak of the dreaded coronavirus.
The resumption of international flights had once been postponed before the September 5th date was finally agreed upon.