FG Approves International Flights for 14 Airlines, Stops Air France, Others



The Federal Government has released the list of 14 airlines granted approval to commence international flights in Nigeria from tomorrow.

Speaking at a briefing of the Presidential Task-Force on Thursday, the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, confirmed the September 5 date for the resumption of foreign flights.

He also stated that Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja and Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos would be opened up for operations.

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The airlines given approval are Middle East Airline, British Airways, Delta Airways, Qatar Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, Emirates Airlines, Air Peace Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Asky Airlines, Africa World Airways, Air Cote-d’ Ivoire, Kenya Airways, Egypt-Air and Turkish Airlines.

According to the minister, international airlines denied flight approval include; Air France, KLM Royal Dutch, Etihad Airways, Rwanda Air, Air Namibia, Royal Air Maroc, Lufthansa, and TAAG Angola Airlines.

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He, however, noted that two airlines were denied approval because international flights were yet to resume in their countries. The two affected airlines are Cape Verde and South African airlines.

The Minister warned that the approved airlines are expected to operate within COVID-19 protocols. He also said the preparations so far have been satisfactory and no hitches are anticipated as resumption commences.

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