The Nigerian Government has increased seats on the flights of international airlines flying into the country to 25, 200 passengers per week.
The Nigeria’s airspace, it would be recalled, was shutdown after an Italian, the index case of COVID-19, was airlifted into the country seven months ago.
The increase in number of passengers now allowed into Nigeria represents a 200 passengers per aircraft operating into the two designated airports, Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos and the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.
Captain Musa Nuhu, the Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) disclosed this in a statement made available to Platforms Africa in Lagos on Saturday.
He communicated the approved capacity increase to all foreign airline operators flying Into Nigeria’ through the Air Operators Letter (AOL) dated Oct. 2, 2020 which is also the effective date of the updated flight schedules.
Nuhu said, “Following the partial resumption of international flights approved by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) and the subsequent request for additional flight frequencies by airlines, an updated flight schedule is hereby given.
“The Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos with the new update is to see on the average, 2,200 passengers daily, while the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, is to witness averagely, 1,400 passengers on daily basis. A total of 25, 200 seats per week is now available to foreign carriers to sell.’’
Nuhu encouraged the operators to follow the prescribed health protocols.
“You shall ensure that all flight operations are conducted in compliance with COVID-19 Health protocols as issued by Aeronautical and Public Health Authorities.’’
He said British Airways, Middle East Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Kenya Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Qatar Airways, RwandAir, Africa World Airlines, Asky, Air Cote d’Ivoire, Delta Airlines and Egypt Air were the currently approved carriers to operate into the country.
“With this new development, airlines are bound to make more sales.