As a follow up to the recent announcement of restriction of international flights into Nigeria as announced by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), the Federal Ministry of Aviation has come up with some clarifications on flights that qualify for exemptions.
A statement by the Director, Public Affairs of the Ministry, James Odaudu listed flights considered essential for which permissions for landing may be sought and granted to include: Aircraft in a State of emergency, over flights and operations related to
humanitarian services, medical and relief services.
Others are: alternate aerodromes identified in the flight plan (including those used for extended diversion time operations, technical stops where passengers do not disembark, cargo flights and other safety related operations.
The statement also noted that, with the exception of aircraft in a State of emergency, request for approval for other flights is required and must directed to the Honourable Minister of Aviation who is the sole authority to grant approval.
“It should be noted also that Protocol for the operation and handling of such flights will be provided with each approval, while flight crew shall not have physical contact with designated government officials and ground workers.”
Meanwhile, the Aviation Minister has directed all airline operators to deploy the following measures in order to protect passengers and the general public against the further spread of COVID-19:
I. All persons, without exception, entering any airport terminal (domestic and and International) must undergo temperature check and hand cleaning with sanitizers.
II. All passengers, no matter their status, must undergo temperature check and hand sanitization before being allowed to board any aircraft.
III. All airplanes must be disinfected before boarding by passengers.
According to Odaudu, these directives have been conveyed to all airline operators by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), and warned that government will not take Kindly to any disregard of the directives.
The Nigerian aviation authorities had last week announced a number of measures aimed at curtailing the spread of coronavirus in the country, including a ban on international flights into Nigeria