Int’l flights restart: FG approves BA, Delta, 11 others, bars Lufthansa, Air France, five others

 

Hadi Sirika, Aviation Minister

 

Posted by Sade Williams 

 

Only 13 airlines have been approved by the Federal Government of Nigeria to operate international flights into Lagos and Abuja beginning September 5, 2020.

A chart seen by the Travelport.com.ng, shows that the others were not approved based on sundry reasons ranging from not being ready with COVID-19 protocols to some foreign airlines’ restrictions on citizens of other countries issues.

The chart shows that apart from Air Peace, which is Nigeria’s carrier,  Middle East airlines; British Airways; Delta Airlines; Qatar Airways; Ethiopian airlines and Egypt Air have been cleared to operate into Nigeria.

Others approved by government are Virgin Atlantic; Asky airlines; Africa World Airways; Air Cote d’ivoire; Kenya Airways; Emirates and Turkish Airlines.

However, Air Senegal is seen on the time table but not on the approved list.

Rwanda Air, Royal Air Maroc, TAAG and Air Namibia were not approved  due to noncompliance with Foreign Carrier Operating Permit (FCOP), according to Captain Musa Nuhu, director general of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).

Lufthansa, Air France, KLM and Etihad Airways were not approved because their countries would not grant entry to Tourist visa holders from Nigeria.

Abu Dhabi is only open to citizens and residents only.

A time table for the restart operations also seen by this medium shows that each flight would not carry more than 200 passengers into Nigeria at a time.

 

S/N Airlines Destinations  In Nigeria Foreign

Carrier

Operating

Permit

(FCOP)

Restrictions on Nigerians Country Comments

 

1. Air

France

Lagos Abuja Yes Tourist visa holders not allowed entry France Not Approved
2. Middle

East

Airlines

Lagos Yes Allowed entry under COVID-

19 Protocols

Lebanon Approved
3. British Airways Lagos Abuja Yes Allowed entry under COVID-

19 Protocols

United Kingdom Approved
4. KLM

Royal

Dutch

Lagos Yes Tourist visa holders not allowed entry Netherlands Not Approved
5. Delta Airlines Lagos Yes No restrictions USA Approved
6. Qatar Airways Lagos Yes Allowed entry under COVID-

19 Protocols

Qatar Approved
7. Etihad Airways Lagos Yes Abu Dhabi Open to citizens and residents only UAE Not Approved
8. Ethiopian Airlines Lagos Abuja Yes Allowed entry under COVID-

19 Protocols

Ethiopia Approved
9. Egypt Air Lagos Abuja Yes Allowed entry under COVID-

19 Protocols

Egypt Approved
10. Rwanda

Air

Lagos Abuja No Allowed entry under COVID-

19 Protocols

Rwanda Not Approved
11. Air Peace Airline Lagos Not Required Not Applicable Nigeria Approved
12. Virgin Atlantic Lagos Yes Allowed entry under COVID-

19 Protocols

United Kingdom Approved
13. Air

Namibia

Lagos No Not applicable as international flights not

resumed

Namibia Not Approved
14. Asky

Airlines

Lagos Abuja Yes Allowed entry under COVID-

19 Protocols

Togo Approved
15. Royal Air Maroc Lagos No Resume

International flights 10/09/20

Morocco Not Approved
16. Africa World

Airways

Lagos Abuja Yes Allowed entry under COVID-

19 Protocols

Ghana Approved
17. Air Cote d’ivoire Lagos Abuja Yes Allowed entry under COVID-

19 Protocols

Cote d’ivoire Approved
18. Lufthansa Lagos Abuja Yes Tourist visa holders not allowed entry Germany Not Approved
19. Kenya Airways Lagos Yes Two weeks quarantine Kenya Approved
20. Emirates Airlines Lagos Abuja Yes Allowed entry under COVID-

19 Protocols

UAE Approved
21. Turkish Airlines Lagos Abuja Yes Allowed entry under COVID-

19 Protocols

Turkey Approved
22. Cabo Verde Lagos Yes Not applicable as international  flights not

resumed

Cabo Verde Not applicable as international

flights not

resumed

23. TAAG

Angola

Lagos No Not applicable as international  flights not

resumed

Angola Not Approved
24. South

African

Lagos   Not applicable as COVID-19 Health Protocols yet to be released   Not applicable as international flights not

resumed

 

 

 

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