Nigeria vows to ban unfriendly airlines from using her facilities.

Nigeria has adopted the principle of an eye for an eye or the reciprocity principle as the country has warned that it not grants permission to airlines of nations or airlines that are against her.

the Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Captain Musa Nuhu, explained that the Federal Government would not hesitate to mete out the same measure to those nations which he did not mention after the flight ban imposed by some countries against Nigeria,.

‘’The principle of reciprocity would be applied. The conditions you give Nigerians who travel to your country – we will apply the same thing,” the NCAA DG who represented the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, said during a briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 on Thursday.

“If you ban us from coming to your country, the same will apply the other way; we just hope for a level-playing field on the issue of reciprocity.’’

Despite fears about the safety of passengers, the NCAA DG gave an insight into preparations being made by the government.

He said a meeting was held with operators of foreign airlines on the requirements for the safe reopening of international flights, assuring that the modalities would be released soon.

“I am glad that so far today, we’ve gotten a positive response from quite a few number of the international airlines in meeting our requirements,” he said while giving details of the meeting with international airlines.

“So, we have almost finished discussing with the health authorities on the protocols for people coming in, on the checks for COVID-19 and people going out and the information will be given to airlines…”

Nigeria had said it would commence international flight from August 29. “Just like we did with the domestic (flights resumption), it will start with Lagos and Abuja,” Sirika had explained why announcing the resumption of international flights.

“The protocols, procedures, and processes, will be announced in due course.”


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