Nigeria will bar flights from countries that do not allow Nigerian flights to land at their airports due to coronavirus restrictions.
The Ministry of Aviation, said the west African country will apply the principle of reciprocity. “If you ban us from coming to your country, the same will apply the other way,” said Minister Hadi Sirika in a press statement.
“Nigeria will enforce the principle of reciprocity in granting permission to airlines to resume operations in the country as it opens its airspace. What it means is that only airlines from countries that allow flights from Nigeria will be allowed to fly into and out of the country,” the statement added.
Nigeria announced the resumption of international flights from 29 August 2020. Initially only Lagos and Abuja airports will partially reopen for international flights. Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Captain Musa Nuhu, also disclosed that airlines will be informed on arrangements put in place to ensure that resumption of flights will be hitch-free.
Only a few flights per day will be permitted as a test run for the protocols put in place to ensure a safe return to international operations. The protocols, would be made public in due course.
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