By Kelvin Osa Okunbor, Aviation Correspondent
- Life again at airports
- NCAA warns in opposition to breach of protocol
Nigeria’s airspace will roar again to life on Wednesday as six home carriers are set to renew flights after greater than three months the Federal Authorities shut down all airports to forestall Coronavirus unfold. The airways are Arik Air, AeroContractors, Air Peace, DANA Air, AZMAN Air and Max Air .
Their resumption follows their compliance with the security, well being and different tips rolled out by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) as preemptive measures in opposition to the unfold of COVID-19.
The Nation’s checks on their web sites on Sunday confirmed that they might for now think about the profitable Lagos – Abuja; Abuja – Lagos and Lagos – Port Harcourt routes.
Data gleaned from the web sites indicated that passengers can be paying not lower than N33,000 for the economic system cabin.
Arik Air Managing Director Captain Roy Ilegbodu mentioned in an announcement that the service will likely be working three flights day by day from Lagos to Abuja within the first part of the restart.
He acknowledged that Port Harcourt can be added to the schedule from Saturday when its Worldwide Airport in Omagwa is predicted to be reopened.
He mentioned: “Passengers have been assured of their security and well-being at each stage of their flight because the airline has put numerous measures in place in keeping with COVID-19 protocols as beneficial by the World Well being Organisation (WHO), Worldwide Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and the Federal Authorities.
“Passengers are suggested to reach on the airport three hours earlier than scheduled departure occasions in order to have ample time to bear all safety and well being protocols earlier than flight. Moreover, all passengers are required to return correctly kitted with their face masks
Air Peace mentioned it would function three flights on the Lagos – Abuja route in addition to return flights on the identical route.
DANA Air mentioned it would function flights however didn’t state the variety of rotations.
Based on info on its web site, AZMAN Air will function two flights out of the Lagos Airport into Abuja and one into Lagos from Abuja.
MAX Air on its half mentioned it would have three flights out of Lagos.
NCAA has cautioned home carriers to not violate the phrases of the protocols handed over to them for restart.
Its Director-Basic Captain Musa Nuhu who issued the warning at a webinar coordinated by the authority mentioned: “All stakeholders should meet the protocols set by the NCAA. If you don’t meet, you aren’t granted allow to begin.
”Some airways will likely be given approval to begin. Not all airways and airports will begin.”
Managing Director of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Capt Rabiu. Yadudu, who spoke on safety on the airports, mentioned: “We’ve closed-circuit televisions throughout our airports.
Final week, FAAN launched new tips for air travellers and different airport customers. The brand new Commonplace Working Process (SOP) is geared toward defending all stakeholders and stopping additional unfold of Covid-19.
Based on its spokesperson, Mrs Henrietta Yakubu: “All passengers should arrive on the airport correctly kitted with their face masks on.
“They need to additionally guarantee a minimal of 1.5 meters bodily distance.
Aviation Medical/Port Well being personnel would display screen every passenger and guarantee the usage of face masks.
“Hand sanitisers can be supplied for passengers earlier than entrance, on the ready halls/lounges and pre-boarding gates, all footwear can be disinfected and sanitised by foot mats positioned in any respect entrances to the terminal constructing.”