Reports reaching 9jatoday says Nigeria is set to resume the operation of international flights after several months of closure. According to the Nation’s Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, all preparations for the resumption of international flights has been concluded, hence, there is no going back on the proposed date which is 5th September.
According to Sirika, certain airlines have been banned from coming into the country and they include, Air France, Lufthansa, Ethihad airlines, Air Rwanda, Air Namibia and some others.
On the other hand, British Airways, Delta, Qatar, Middle East, Egypt Air, Ethiopian Airlines, Virgin Athlantic are among those that have been approved to operate with the Covid-19 protocols.
Speaking further, the Minister says passengers are expected to register online and pay for the coronavirus testing fee . Negative results of the test should be uploaded not older than 72 hours before boarding.
Sirika also cautioned against sharp practices. He says that airlines caught conveying passengers without the coronavirus negative result would be made to pay a fine of $3500 for each passenger. Not only that, such passneger would be made to return if he or she was a foreigner.
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Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari had oredered the suspension of international flights in March in a bid to contain the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.